judicial

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adjective ju·di·cial \jü-ˈdi-shəl\

Definition of judicial

  1. 1a :  of or relating to a judgment, the function of judging, the administration of justice, or the judiciary judicial processes judicial powersb :  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. 2 :  ordered or enforced by a court a judicial sale

  3. 3 :  belonging or appropriate to a judge or the judiciary judicial robes judicial dignity

  4. 4 :  of, characterized by, or expressing judgment :  critical 1b

  5. 5 :  arising from a judgment of God

judicially

play \jü-ˈdi-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of judicial in a Sentence

  1. the judicial branch of government

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Origin and Etymology of judicial

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


JUDICIAL Defined for English Language Learners

judicial

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Definition of judicial for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

judicial

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adjective ju·di·cial \jü-ˈdi-shəl\

Definition of judicial for Students

  1. 1 :  of courts or judges the judicial branch

  2. 2 :  ordered or done by a court judicial review

judicially

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Law Dictionary

judicial

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adjective ju·di·cial \jü-ˈdi-shəl\

Legal Definition of judicial

  1. 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 2, executive 1, legislative

  2. 2 :  created, ordered, or enforced by a court a judicial foreclosure — compare conventional 1, legal 2c

judicially

adverb

Origin and Etymology of judicial

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



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