judicial

adjective
ju·​di·​cial | \ jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce judicial (audio) \

Definition of judicial

1a : of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, the administration of justice, or the judiciary judicial processes judicial powers
b : belonging to the branch of government that is charged with trying all cases that involve the government and with the administration of justice within its jurisdiction — compare executive, legislative
2 : ordered or enforced by a court a judicial sale
3 : belonging or appropriate to a judge or the judiciary judicial robes judicial dignity
4 : of, characterized by, or expressing judgment : critical sense 2d
5 : arising from a judgment of God

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Other Words from judicial

judicially \ jü-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce judicial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of judicial in a Sentence

the judicial branch of government
Recent Examples on the Web His nominations aim in part to offset the effects of President Trump’s more than 200 judicial confirmations, most of whom were white men. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "How the LinkedIn job title ‘stay-at-home mom’ can help women get back to work," 31 Mar. 2021 The Senate Healthcare Access and Availability committee heard testimony Tuesday from several witnesses related to the crisis, including representatives from health care, judicial and social work fields. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, "Senate Healthcare committee hears testimony after opioid deaths increase 30%," 31 Mar. 2021 The first judicial picks of a new presidency typically set the tone for the administration. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden names diverse nominees for the federal bench," 30 Mar. 2021 Of the president's 11 judicial picks, three set to be nominated to the federal district courts would make history if confirmed by the evenly divided the Senate. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Biden announces first slate of judicial nominees with picks that would make history," 30 Mar. 2021 The first judicial picks of a new presidency typically set the tone for the administration. New York Times, "Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench," 30 Mar. 2021 The Democrats’ elimination of the filibuster for judicial nominations in 2013 led to the confirmation by majority vote of three Supreme Court justices and 54 federal appellate judges, appointed to life terms by President Trump. Carl Levin And Richard A. Arenberg, WSJ, "Progressives Would Miss the Filibuster," 29 Mar. 2021 More concerning, a legal battle over the amendment could trigger a radically far-reaching judicial rebuff. Simon Lazarus, The New Republic, "The Republican Legal Assault on Biden’s Covid Relief Plan Could Be Devastating for Democrats," 29 Mar. 2021 Top White House officials have said that judicial nominations are a priority. Washington Post, "Biden’s first slate of judicial nominees aims to quickly boost diversity in federal courts," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of judicial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for judicial

Middle English, from Latin judicialis, from judicium judgment, from judex — see judge entry 2

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“Judicial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judicial. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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judicial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of judicial

: of or relating to courts of law or judges
: ordered or done by a court
: responsible for dealing with all legal cases involving the government

judicial

adjective
ju·​di·​cial | \ jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce judicial (audio) \

Kids Definition of judicial

1 : of courts or judges the judicial branch
2 : ordered or done by a court judicial review

Other Words from judicial

judicially adverb

judicial

adjective
ju·​di·​cial | \ jü-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce judicial (audio) \

Legal Definition of judicial

1a : of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, the administration of justice, or the judiciary
b : of, relating to, or being the branch of government that is charged with trying all cases that involve the government and with the administration of justice within its jurisdiction — compare administrative sense 2, executive sense 1, legislative
2 : created, ordered, or enforced by a court a judicial foreclosure — compare conventional sense 1, legal sense 2c

Other Words from judicial

judicially adverb

History and Etymology for judicial

Latin judicialis, from judicium judgment, from judic-, judex judge, from jus right, law + dicere to determine, say

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