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 The nation’s courts have reacted nimbly to the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Chief Justice Praises the Courts’ Responses to the Pandemic," 31 Dec. 2020 Besides a generally cooperative federal executive branch, Mr. Obama has also benefited from the decisions of the federal judiciary. James Freeman, WSJ, "Obama Wins Another Round Against Community Organizers," 18 Dec. 2020 In an era when so many institutions of American life have bowed to partisan tribalism, the dozens of opinions serve as a resounding reaffirmation of the judiciary’s nonpartisan commitment to basic principles of reason, fact and law. Anchorage Daily News, "How dozens of judges across the political spectrum rejected Trump’s efforts to overturn the election," 13 Dec. 2020 Hardly an institutionalist, Trump has buttressed the institution of the judiciary. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Glory of Trump’s Judges," 11 Dec. 2020 Both governments have taken step after step to weaken the independence of the judiciary, undermine political opponents and entrench their own power and views, which include laws aimed at blocking refugees and erosion of press freedoms. Washington Post, "Europe’s ‘rule of law’ standoff with Poland and Hungary becomes test over defining values," 9 Dec. 2020 The French judiciary has the jurisdiction to prosecute cases of crimes against humanity committed abroad on foreign victims if the perpetrators are present on French territory or are residents in France. Sandrine Amiel And Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "France opens investigations into former DR Congo rebel leader after Paris arrest," 5 Jan. 2021 Trump’s ability to appoint more than 220 federal judges, shifting the judiciary to the right. Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times, "Democrats close in on Senate control with Warnock win and Ossoff lead," 5 Jan. 2021 Hong Kong's judiciary on Tuesday uploaded a 19-page judgment on its website, laying out the reasons why High Court Justice Alex Lee had granted Lai bail. Arkansas Online, "Hong Kong activist returned to custody," 2 Jan. 2021

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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 Jan 2021

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“Judiciary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judiciary. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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