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 If chambers confidences can’t be kept, the judiciary will cease to function as an independent institution. . . . WSJ, 19 May 2022 In addition, supporting the judiciary system to hold criminals accountable will go a long way in preserving public safety. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 If a jurisdiction’s tax administration routinely takes unprincipled transfer pricing enforcement positions, and the judiciary shows little interest in stopping it, a deferential standard of review may very well be harmful. Ryan Finley, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Some $39 million would be spent to help California’s judiciary conduct CARE Court hearings and provide other related resources, while $10 million would finance a supporter program within the state Department of Aging. Hannah Wileystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 That wouldn’t have been so bad if democratization had also brought in checks on executive power, an independent judiciary to investigate and prosecute crimes. BostonGlobe.com, 11 May 2022 The laws and norms that insulate the judiciary from political pressure exist for good reasons. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Both women have been trailblazers in the Illinois judiciary. Clare Spaulding, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Turcer, whose organization is part of a speaker’s bureau in which people talk about the judiciary across the state to increase interest in the influential but often overlooked branch, doesn’t completely write off the Republican justices’ concerns. cleveland, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Judiciary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judiciary. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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

Other Words from judiciary

judiciary adjective

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