judicial

adjective
ju·​di·​cial | \ jü-ˈdi-shəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of judicial in a Sentence

the judicial branch of government

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The suspect’s parents and two brothers, also known for radicalism, were detained, a judicial official said. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large," 12 Dec. 2018 The suspect was on a police watchlist for radicalism, a judicial official not authorized to speak publicly about the case told The Associated Press. Angela Charlton And Elaine Ganley, chicagotribune.com, "Parents, friend of Chechnya-born Paris attacker questioned," 13 May 2018 Pressure on Australian banks could increase with the judicial inquiry’s final report, which is due by Feb. 1. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Australian Banks Head for Worst Year Since Financial Crisis," 19 Dec. 2018 With that tweet, Trump made another extraordinary intervention into the U.S. judicial system. Taimoor Shah, The Seattle Times, "Trump to ‘review’ case of Green Beret accused of murdering Afghan," 16 Dec. 2018 On the local level, 19 black women running for judicial seats in Harris County, Houston (the third largest county in the country) won their races, marking the biggest win for black women in the county’s history, Cosmopolitan.com reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "20 Big Firsts and Historic Wins from the 2018 Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Democrats just don't vote on judicial issues the same way Republicans do. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 Hence, insane voter ID laws, changes to the census, norm-busting à la refusing to hold hearings on Obama's judicial nominees. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Bar Association asks to delay Brett Kavanaugh vote until FBI investigates," 29 Sep. 2018

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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

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 \

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 \

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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