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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The liberal idea, to Putin, has nothing to do with rights, or freedoms, or separation of powers; nothing to do with judicial independence, the rule of law, private property, or any of the other things that make liberal societies prosperous and free. Anne Applebaum, Twin Cities, "Anne Applebaum: Putin’s attack on Western values was familiar. The American reaction was not.," 3 July 2019 Fear of retribution and stigma, as well as a lack of faith in the government and the judicial process, silences victims and those who work with them. Arwa Damon, CNN, "They escaped ISIS. Then they got sucked into Baghdad's sex trafficking underworld," 3 July 2019 The move follows 44 years of judicial decisions that made Oregon one of just five states to allow unlimited contributions to politicians. oregonlive.com, "Legislature sends ballot initiative to voters setting stage for campaign donation limits," 30 June 2019 Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, tracks the judicial confirmation process and federal court vacancies. Greg Larose, nola.com, "Greg Guidry one step away from federal judgeship in New Orleans," 18 June 2019 So far, China has been excluded from Hong Kong’s extradition agreements because of concerns over its judicial independence and human rights record. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Hong Kong police clear streets as protesters move to park," 17 June 2019 Without a withdrawal, people fear the threat to Hong Kong’s judicial independence and status as a global financial hub posed by the the bill, will remain, and that the process could be restarted. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Photos: What Hong Kong’s hundreds of thousands of protesters want now," 16 June 2019 In the afternoon, attorneys in the two year custody battle between Jennifer Farber Dulos and Fotis Dulos were expected to meet with a judge in Superior Court in Stamford, judicial records show. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Prosecutor: Fotis Dulos’ DNA mixed with Jennifer Farber Dulos’ blood on faucet in New Canaan home," 11 June 2019 Although it was later gutted by judicial and political decisions, its impact was long-lasting. The Economist, "ImmigrationImmigration shapes the politics of California and Texas," 20 June 2019

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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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