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
Recent Examples on the Web Legal eagles The only judicial arm where women have promising representation is legal aid. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Some Indian states will take over 200 years to make a third of their police forces female," 7 Nov. 2019 Moore previously served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, but was removed twice — once for defying a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Jeff Sessions announces run for Senate seat in Alabama," 7 Nov. 2019 The courthouse itself will become even more of a judicial complex with more courtrooms, a traffic court, and more offices for district attorneys. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "New Madison County Service Center will bring big changes," 1 Nov. 2019 Those men were later subjected to harsher punishment amid vows of judicial reform. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Outrage Greets Verdict in Sex Attack on Unconscious Teenager," 31 Oct. 2019 Just as the common law is derived from ancient social practices and judicial precedents, baseball’s codes are the game’s distilled mores. George Will, National Review, "In Baseball, the Most Valuable Rules Are Unwritten," 30 Oct. 2019 In 2014, a judicial consent decree tightened oversight of the city’s charters. Andrea Gabor, Harper's magazine, "The K-12 Takeover," 28 Oct. 2019 Khama’s government was accused of intimidating the media and political opponents, suspending judges, enlarging the powers of intelligence agencies, and sanctioning extra-judicial killings. James Kirby, Quartz Africa, "The story behind Botswana’s closest-ever election and how its consequences will play out," 26 Oct. 2019 The Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Mr Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament could be the beginning of a new period of judicial activism. The Economist, "Leaving the European Union is making Britain less British," 26 Oct. 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
How to pronounce judicial (audio)

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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