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 Neither DeSantis' office nor the offices of Republican leaders in related judiciary and criminal justice committees immediately responded to requests for comment. NBC News, "'Stand your ground' in Florida could be expanded under DeSantis' 'anti-mob' proposal," 12 Nov. 2020 The country has a free press, a strong and independent judiciary, election officials dedicated to an honest counting of the votes and a strong political opposition, none of which exists in Belarus or Russia. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company," 11 Nov. 2020 Next in the rankings came the judiciary (with a score of 79), high-tech and AI (78), and aerospace and engineering (both 72). Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Despite more women leaders, society thinks men are more suitable in leadership roles, study finds," 9 Nov. 2020 Biden will take over with an entrenched conservative majority on the Supreme Court and a federal judiciary reshaped with Trump's lifetime appointments. Calvin Woodward And Michael Tackett, Star Tribune, "Americans pivot from red-hot Trump to Biden's seasoned cool," 7 Nov. 2020 Legal challenges to the voting limits have foundered in some courts, rejected by a federal judiciary that has shifted rightward under President Trump. Washington Post, "Trump claims U.S. is ‘rounding the turn’ as more than 42,000 are hospitalized nationally for covid-19," 27 Oct. 2020 In 1560, Cosimo I de’ Medici, who later became the grand duke of Tuscany, wanted a building in which both the administrative and judiciary offices of Florence could be under one roof. Nicole Kay Peterson, Quartz at Work, "How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office," 23 Oct. 2020 In a country governed by a Constitution that allows a judiciary to uphold landownership rights (both private and public), the immense value coming from Jefferson’s inadvertent public-land experiment grows with each passing year. Randy Newberg, Outdoor Life, "In the Future: There Will Always Be Public Hunting Land in America," 15 Oct. 2020 Certainly, in particular with the judiciary and the Trump administration’s record on life and religiou- liberty issues, the stamp of Mike Pence is plain to see. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "I Was ‘Never Trump’ in 2016. I’m Still a Conservative. Here’s How I’m Voting," 2 Nov. 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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18 Nov 2020

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“Judiciary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judiciary. Accessed 26 Nov. 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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