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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judiciary adjective

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Like his ally President Trump, Netanyahu has targeted the news media in the election run-up and launched stinging personal attacks on political foes, as well as law enforcement and the judiciary. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "Tight race and high stakes for Israel’s Netanyahu in Tuesday’s vote," 17 Sep. 2019 The court proceedings — to be streamed live — could have far-reaching implications for the balance of power between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Washington Post, "U.K. Supreme Court weighs whether Boris Johnson broke the law in suspending Parliament," 17 Sep. 2019 The chief justice was impeached and the rest of the judiciary brought into line. The Economist, "An election campaign in Sri Lanka stirs old ghosts," 5 Sep. 2019 But the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh last year was a wakeup call, so much so that Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez was among those who spoke to a Demand Justice event aimed at circulating ideas for reclaiming the judiciary. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy," 5 Sep. 2019 Officials say the three-story, 140,000-square-foot judiciary complex is expected to have five courtrooms, a law library, a traffic violations bureau, a grand jury room, a jury deliberations room and more. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Progressives are actually concerned that Democrats aren’t thinking enough about the judiciary. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Republican senators just sent the US Supreme Court a strange letter," 30 Aug. 2019 This, in fact, made both TikTok and the Indian judiciary sit up and take note. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Indians are going too far for thrilling TikTok videos that can go viral," 21 Aug. 2019 During Leahy’s time as judiciary chair, for example, lawmakers could use a tool known as the blue slip to indicate their disapproval of judicial nominees. Li Zhou, Vox, "The viral video of Lindsey Graham silencing Senate Democrats, explained," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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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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