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

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 In late 2020, Feinstein took herself out of the running to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee amid worries from other Democrats about her ability to fill the high-profile job and fight for President Biden’s judicial nominees. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 In 2016, after Republicans kept the Scalia seat open for nine months and blocked most of Obama's other judicial nominees, President Trump won the presidency and Republicans retained control of the Senate. Elliot Williams, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 Collins, who won re-election in 2020, has long gone her own way to vote for a president’s judicial nominees, regardless of the party of the president in the White House. Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 After days of hearings, the committee — which evaluates White House judicial nominees — convened Monday afternoon to hold a vote, which resulted in a deadlock at 11-11 that was split along party lines. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 Senators no longer need bipartisan cooperation to confirm judicial nominees, after rules changes that allow a simple 51-vote majority for the lifetime appointment to the court. Lisa Mascaro, Chron, 26 Mar. 2022 The association, which evaluates judicial nominees, already gave Jackson its highest rating last week. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Demand Justice spearheaded campaigns against Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including vicious attacks on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Allegations of being soft on crime have been a standard line of attack from Republicans against Democrats’ judicial nominees and candidates since at least the Nixon era, political scientists said. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for judicial

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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