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

Examples of extrajudicial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Speaking earlier on her publication's Facebook Live platform, Ressa referred to Duterte's sweeping crackdown on drugs, uncovering evidence of extrajudicial killings. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2021 Since then, some news outlets and human rights organizations have linked his drug war to thousands of extrajudicial killings by both law enforcement agents and independent vigilantes. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 The first findings from outside experts commissioned by the Human Rights Council released Monday chronicle accounts of crimes like murder, torture, enslavement, extrajudicial killings and rape. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 Other atrocities include, indiscriminate attacks on civilians more broadly, targeted extrajudicial executions, persecution of women and girls, crimes against children and much more. Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Kagame’s government has repeatedly denied targeting dissenting voices with arrests and extrajudicial killings. Ignatius Ssuuna, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Kagame’s government has repeatedly denied targeting dissenting voices with arrests and extrajudicial killings. Ignatius Ssuuna, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The Indian government moved quickly to suppress it, invoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act to suspend all civil liberties and engaging in frequent arrests, torture and extrajudicial executions of secessionists through the ’80s and ’90s. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Mass extrajudicial executions of civilians accused of collaborating with the enemy were rampant during the war. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2021

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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 28 Oct. 2021.

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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

Other Words from extrajudicial

extrajudicially adverb


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