ju·​di·​cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce judicious (audio) \

Definition of judicious

: having, exercising, or characterized by sound judgment judicious investments a judicious decision

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Other Words from judicious

judiciously adverb
judiciousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for judicious


discreet, intelligent, judgmatic (or judgmatical), prudent


imprudent, indiscreet, injudicious

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wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions. judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion. a prudent decision to wait out the storm sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality. a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness. remained sane even in times of crises

Examples of judicious in a Sentence

judicious use of our resources Judicious planning now can prevent problems later.

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But judicious understatement only gets you so big an audience. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Investigation’ Makes the Mueller Report a Dark-Comic Indictment," 25 June 2019 The nation thus provides a judicious mean between deracinated cosmopolitanism and a tribalism that succumbs to xenophobia. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 But as the catalog of misfortunes mounted over the following months, even the oldest, most judicious residents knew these were no ordinary crises. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 Their fairly gentle demeanor means handlers can manage them with verbal commands and the judicious use of goad sticks. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Carrying On Agricultural Traditions In Brooklyn," 17 June 2019 Careful attention to texture and judicious supplementing with other ingredients could address taste concerns. G. Owen Schaefer, Scientific American, "Lab-Grown Meat," 14 Sep. 2018 Be patient, be judicious, be yourself, and find yours. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "A tomboy ponders playing the coquette," 27 Aug. 2018 Still, there’s an inspiring moment to be celebrated here in Swift’s reminder that even the most strategically judicious celebrity among us is capable of putting aside her meticulously crafted persona and putting up a fight for her country. Aja Romano, Vox, "Taylor Swift’s voter push wasn’t enough to turn Tennessee blue," 7 Nov. 2018 In an accompanying commentary, doctors and editorial staff from JAMA Internal Medicine, argue that judicious use of antibiotics doesn’t seem to fit into the business model of urgent care centers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of judicious

1591, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of judicious

formal : having or showing good judgment


ju·​di·​cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce judicious (audio) \

Kids Definition of judicious

: having, using, or showing good judgment : wise The community deserves praise for its judicious use of water.

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judiciously adverb

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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