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(2) 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 extrajudicially (audio) , -​ˈdi-​shə-​ \ adverb

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Duterte denies condoning extrajudicial killings but has openly threatened drug suspects with death. Bullit Marquez, The Seattle Times, "Ex-official: Duterte photographed with drug-linked Chinese," 25 Mar. 2019 Rappler has covered Duterte’s violent drug war and extrajudicial killings that, according to Human Rights Watch, has led to more than 12,000 deaths. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Time’s 2018 Person of the Year is Jamal Khashoggi and other “Guardians” of the truth," 11 Dec. 2018 Clooney said the reporters were arrested in an attempt by Myanmar to keep Reuters from publishing a story on the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya men and boys. Fox News, "Amal Clooney: Pardon Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar," 28 Sep. 2018 The administration has spearheaded the extrajudicial killings of thousands. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sri Lanka Will Start Hanging Its Drug Dealers to 'Replicate the Success of Philippines'," 12 July 2018 Concerns have been raised that the latest anti-drug drives are a front for a campaign of extrajudicial killings. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "138 people killed in 2 months in Bangladesh police crackdown on drug dealers," 12 July 2018 To his credit, Trump — unlike some recent predecessors — has acted early enough in his term to let voters weigh in on his extrajudicial judgment in the midterm election. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Stymied elsewhere, Trump turns to pardons to advance personal and policy goals," 12 July 2018 More Essays Parents often send children unaccompanied to the U.S. to be reunited with family members and friends, and to save them from forced recruitment into gangs, extrajudicial reprisals, human trafficking and lives of poverty. Maria Cristina Garcia, WSJ, "How the American Asylum Bureaucracy Grew," 29 June 2018 Officials and local media have said the deaths occurred in shootouts between security officials and suspects or during raids, but rights groups have called the killings extrajudicial. Washington Post, "Bangladesh detains 100 suspects in anti-drug crackdown," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of extrajudicial

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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