judiciary

noun
ju·​di·​cia·​ry | \jü-ˈdi-shē-ˌer-ē, -ˈdi-shə-rē \

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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Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, a judiciary spokesman, maintains Iraq’s legal system is sound. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Senate judiciary investigators ask Kavanaugh earlier this week in a private interview. Fox News, "Reps. Meadows, Jordan call on Rosenstein to testify," 27 Sep. 2018 The hearing exposed clear partisan divides in the House judiciary and oversight committees, as Democrats accused Republicans of trying to divert attention from Trump's ties to Russia through an excessive focus on Strzok. Author: Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe," 13 July 2018 Instead, Trump’s SCOTUS search mirrored the his broader scheme to reshape the American judiciary in a whiter shade of pale. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018 The gambit helped Trump win the White House, and McGahn, now serving as White House counsel, is leading an aggressive campaign to reshape not only the Supreme Court but the entire federal judiciary. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 The Capitol and judiciary buildings have been evacuated. Steve Burns, ajc, "NEW INFO: Disgruntled veteran sets himself on fire outside Georgia Capitol, GSP says," 26 June 2018 In the Muslim-ban case, Trump v. Hawaii, Trump set out to ban Muslim families, and the highest level of our judiciary just allowed it to happen, empowering this president and future administrations to discriminate on the basis of religion. Dawud Walid, The Root, "Muslim Travel Ban? There Has Never Been an America Without Islam or Muslims," 27 June 2018 Leading figures in the government say the changes aim to stop abuses by the judiciary, but many contend that the goal is to weaken anti-corruption efforts. Kit Gillet, New York Times, "Bill ‘Damaging to Democracy’ Passes in Romania," 5 July 2018

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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 \
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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