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 judicially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of judicial in a Sentence

the judicial branch of government

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Senate Republicans are moving this week to limit Senate debate on most executive and judicial nominees to two hours. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Rule to Speed Up Confirmations," 2 Apr. 2019 Zerpa on Monday accused Venezuela’s high court of becoming a tool of Maduro’s inner circle, lacking any judicial independence since he and a group of ruling party members were appointed to the bench in 2015. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to US to protest Maduro," 7 Jan. 2019 Further, this reform would maintain judicial independence, but instill regularity to the nominations process, discourage Justices from choosing a retirement date based on politics, and will stop the ever-increasing tenure of Justices. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case for 18-year Supreme Court terms," 26 Dec. 2018 European Union officials and international human rights groups have expressed alarm, alleging the moves represent an erosion of judicial independence that violates Western standards and a reversal for democracy in Poland. Monika Scislowska, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland’s chief justice plans to disregard retirement order," 4 July 2018 The European Union on Monday launched legal action against Polish leaders, saying that the new law dealt a blow to judicial independence. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Top Polish judge defies attempts to depose her, amid fears Poland is slipping into authoritarianism," 4 July 2018 Overturning the previous win would require them to restart the judicial process after waiting so long. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s Justice Department is fighting US terrorist attack victims in the Supreme Court," 8 Nov. 2018 This ruling by a district court will work its way through the judicial process. Savannah Behrmann, Teen Vogue, "Derek Kitchen, the Man Who Helped Legalize Gay Marriage in Utah, Is Running for State Senate," 4 Oct. 2018 The tactics employed by the White House have not been confined to the judicial process. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 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 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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