ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial | \ ˌek-strə-jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio) \

Definition of extrajudicial

1a : not forming a valid part of regular legal proceedings an extrajudicial investigation
b : delivered without legal authority : private sense 2a(1) the judge's extrajudicial statements
2 : done in contravention of due process of law an extrajudicial execution

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Other Words from extrajudicial

extrajudicially \ ˌek-​strə-​jü-​ˈdish-​lē How to pronounce extrajudicially (audio) , -​ˈdi-​shə-​ \ adverb

Examples of extrajudicial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current protests began with demands to ban a notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, which was long accused of extortion, torture and extrajudicial killings. Joe Parkinson And Gbenga Akingbule, WSJ, "Nigerian Protesters Shut Down Africa’s Largest City, Escalating Standoff With Government," 19 Oct. 2020 The military has repeatedly been singled out for human rights abuses and the use of excessive force, including accusations of extrajudicial killings that dogged the armed forces throughout General Cienfuegos’s tenure as defense minister. Alan Feuer, New York Times, "Who Was ‘El Padrino,’ Godfather to Drug Cartel? Mexico’s Defense Chief, U.S. Says," 16 Oct. 2020 Under Cienfuegos, the army was accused of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses, including the 2014 Tlatlaya massacre, where 22 drug gang members were executed. NBC News, "Mexico's former defense secretary arrested in L.A. on a DEA warrant," 16 Oct. 2020 Although the white groups are extrajudicial, many have sought to align themselves with police. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "A Community Organizer Takes on White Vigilantism," 2 Sep. 2020 Duterte has denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, "In UN speech, Duterte defends drug war but tempers tone," 22 Sep. 2020 Black officers should also consider dropping their membership in any union that pushes them to stand against their community and support, tacitly or otherwise, the extrajudicial abuse of it. Redditt Hudson, The New Republic, "The Hell of Being a Black Cop," 31 Aug. 2020 Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. Jim Gomez, Star Tribune, "Duterte orders customs chief to shoot, kill drug smugglers," 1 Sep. 2020 Duterte has steadfastly denied authorizing extrajudicial killings but has repeatedly and openly threatened drug dealers with death. Fox News, "Philippines' Duterte to customs chief: 'Shoot and kill' drug smugglers," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of extrajudicial

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Extrajudicial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extrajudicial. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial | \ ˌek-strə-ju̇-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio) \

Legal Definition of extrajudicial

1 : not involving, occurring in, or forming part of a legal proceeding a creditor's extrajudicial repossession of property an extrajudicial investigation especially : out-of-court an extrajudicial identification
2 : stemming from something outside of a court proceeding a judge disqualified for bias that is extrajudicial and not derived from the evidence presented
3 : occurring or arising outside of the course of judicial duties a judge's extrajudicial conduct

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extrajudicially adverb

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