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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Yes, Democrats will now be able to put more checks on the Trump administration, but Republicans will probably continue to push through more hyper-conservative judicial appointments, which could impact the shape of the U.S. for generations. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What the Midterm Election Results Actually Mean for Abortion Access," 7 Nov. 2018 The Republicans have done an extremely good job of making judicial appointments a point of very big political activism. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Trump's Supreme Court Pick May Come From This List. Here's Where They Stand on Women's Issues.," 9 July 2018 Nine of the new judges are women, according to Lena Zwarensteyn, who tracks the judicial appointments for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Rio Grande Valley native confirmed to the federal bench, as Trump’s first Latino poised for lifetime," 5 June 2018 The leader of the opposition is also tasked with nominating two of the 21 senators in the upper house, and must be consulted on judicial appointments. The Economist, "The opposition wins every seat in the Barbados Parliament," 31 May 2018 Unlike regulatory changes, judicial appointments cannot be reversed by a future president. Richard Alonso-zaldivar And David Crary, chicagotribune.com, "Trump reproductive health changes could lead to more unwanted pregnancies, abortions, critics say," 30 May 2018 Although judgeships are regarded as non-political, party politics can come into play when a governor makes judicial appointments. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Valley Center attorney challenges long-time judge in judicial election," 29 May 2018 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked lots and lots of judicial appointments -- including the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 40 most breathtaking lines from Donald Trump's NRA speech," 4 May 2018 Many local Right to Life organizations, which operate independently from the statewide group, have banded together and endorsed Taylor, citing judicial appointments as a major factor. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "In final week before Ohio Republican primary election for governor, Mary Taylor attacks Mike DeWine on abortion," 2 May 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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