judiciary

noun
ju·​di·​cia·​ry | \ jü-ˈdi-shē-ˌer-ē How to pronounce judiciary (audio) , -ˈdi-shə-rē How to pronounce judiciary (audio) \

Definition of judiciary

1a : a system of courts of law
b : the judges of these courts
2 : a branch of government in which judicial power is vested

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Other Words from judiciary

judiciary adjective

Examples of judiciary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many analysts saw the court’s decision as bad news for the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary from a president whose Morena party controls both houses of Congress and most state legislatures. Juan Montes, WSJ, "In Win for Mexican Leader, Top Court Approves Referendum on Former Presidents," 2 Oct. 2020 This is a case for court reform more potent, immediate, and difficult for Democratic leaders to ignore than analyses of the judiciary in the abstract, and activists know it. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Anti-Filibuster Armies Are Mounting Up," 2 Oct. 2020 Poland and Hungary came in for the toughest criticism, but the report also voiced concerns about corruption and the independence of the judiciary in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Romania and Slovakia. Washington Post, "E.U. issues its first rule-of-law report, angering leaders of Hungary and Poland," 30 Sep. 2020 Such casual sexism is a running theme across different levels of the judiciary. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Female representation in Indian judiciary is dismal—and that’s keeping sexism alive," 28 Sep. 2020 On that final point — the importance of the judiciary — Schumer agreed. Matthew Daly, Star Tribune, "Who's a hypocrite? GOP, Dems debate past comments on court," 21 Sep. 2020 In Hungary and Poland, illiberal nationalist ruling parties have pushed through laws that have to varying degrees compromised the independence of the judiciary. Washington Post, "Trump’s Supreme Court move deepens fears of an authoritarian power play," 28 Sep. 2020 Control of the judiciary has been an animating force in the Trump Administration, as the President and the Majority Leader have demonstrated with astounding cynicism. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Ending Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law," 28 Sep. 2020 Its goal would be to establish a neutral system for replacing Supreme Court justices while preserving the independence of the judiciary. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How to End the Judicial Wars, Once and for All," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of judiciary

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for judiciary

judiciary, adjective, from Latin judiciarius judicial, from judicium

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13 Oct 2020

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“Judiciary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judiciary. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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judiciary

noun
ju·​di·​cia·​ry | \ ju̇-ˈdi-shē-ˌer-ē, -ˈdi-shə-rē How to pronounce judiciary (audio) \
plural judiciaries

Legal Definition of judiciary

1a : a system of courts of law
b : the judges of these courts
2 : a branch of government in which judicial power is vested — compare executive, legislature

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