ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial ˌek-strə-jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio)
: not forming a valid part of regular legal proceedings
an extrajudicial investigation
: delivered without legal authority : private sense 2a(1)
the judge's extrajudicial statements
: done in contravention of due process of law
an extrajudicial execution
extrajudicially adverb

Examples of extrajudicial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United Nations has focused on abuses carried out by the new Taliban government, accusing it of its own campaign of extrajudicial killings and torture. Matthieu Aikins Bryan Denton, New York Times, 22 May 2024 Raisi was known for his part in 1988 extrajudicial killings The brutal repression of the protests was not the first time Raisi had been accused of ruthlessly crushing dissent. James Hider, NPR, 20 May 2024 In Trump’s case, it’s known as an Order Restricting Extrajudicial Statements, with extrajudicial meaning outside of court. Michael R. Sisak, Fortune, 6 May 2024 Many problems persist, including extrajudicial killings and journalists routinely attacked. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 17 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for extrajudicial 

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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of extrajudicial was in 1630

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Cite this Entry

“Extrajudicial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extrajudicial. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


ex·​tra·​ju·​di·​cial ˌek-strə-ju̇-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce extrajudicial (audio)
: 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
: stemming from something outside of a court proceeding
a judge disqualified for bias that is extrajudicial and not derived from the evidence presented
: occurring or arising outside of the course of judicial duties
a judge's extrajudicial conduct
extrajudicially adverb
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