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, 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

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

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As antibiotics have become less effective at knocking back infections in recent decades, public health experts worldwide have amped up calls for more judicious use of the critical drugs. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018 Patricia is very judicious with alcohol consumption. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 Some judicious fencing and posted signs might emphasize the boundary. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "DNA match reveals unknown family relationship," 10 Apr. 2018 All those branches came from somewhere — will those trees need some judicious pruning to remove jagged edges and half-hanging appendages? Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "April 6-12: In the garden, it's time to… | Sally McCabe," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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judiciously adverb

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