ju·di·cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs \

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, 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

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

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Washington exercised the prerogative a judicious 16 times, 12 of them on a single day, according to the informative Pardon Power blog maintained by political scientist P.S. Ruckman Jr. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Trump’s pardon-palooza: Presidents and the constitutional power to pardon," 1 June 2018 The new front office will likely be judicious in its spending. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons, Ed Stefanski shop for free agents under tight budget," 29 June 2018 The judicious use of detention can help reassure skittish publics in times of truly high flow of asylum seekers. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 Indeed, Ray’s decision to let Heimlich play again has been deemed everything from tin-eared to judicious to appalling to even brave, considering that the easiest p.r play would have been to send Heimlich packing. SI.com, "Prospect and Pariah," 16 May 2018 This is tied to the larger issue of overstuffing that dogs Ojai, and will be Mr. Smith’s responsibility to solve: While there’s joy in the festival’s too-muchness, the music would be better served by judicious pruning. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Raw fish is also as good as ever: tuna served with judicious amounts of soy, scallions, and ginger; rich slices of salmon that practically melt in the mouth. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "How does Fenway Eventide stack up to the original?," 4 June 2018 First, there’s the obvious: General Manager Chris Ballard told you his plan was to be judicious with free agency. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Locker-room culture a big factor in free agency for Colts GM Chris Ballard," 13 Mar. 2018 But even O'Neill's original drama critic champions, George Jean Nathan and Stark Young, admitted that the play could benefit from judicious cutting. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 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

: having or showing good judgment


ju·di·cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs \

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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alleviating pain or harshness

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