judicious

adjective
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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judiciously adverb
judiciousness noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Experts who had defended open borders at the start of the pandemic now say countries should use judicious travel measures. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Ski, Party, Seed a Pandemic: The Travel Rules That Let Covid-19 Take Flight," 30 Sep. 2020 Tyre’s judicious balancing act between autonomy and fealty to the regional powers of the day enabled it to thrive for centuries. Mark Woolmer, National Geographic, "Purple Reign: A passion for purple built the Phoenicians' vast trading empire," 24 Sep. 2020 But given their salary commitments and a nearly-full roster, the Cavs will have to be judicious about spending. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson have ‘mutual interest’ in return," 25 Sep. 2020 The only way to rightly balance them is with a steady, passionate eye and a judicious touch, and that’s where art itself comes in. New York Times, "Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison," 24 Sep. 2020 And when we’re spooked by the signs of the global economy or cognizant of the realities of our personal economies, our spending becomes much more judicious. Peter Dunn, USA TODAY, "Your fears help you make smarter choices about personal finance during an economic crisis," 22 July 2020 Be deliberate and judicious in your fall bathroom decoration ideas. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, "9 No-Fail Ways to Add Fall Decor to Your Bathroom," 31 Aug. 2020 Mitchell was deliberate — judicious, not slow — in his decisions. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Donovan Mitchell’s star is rising, and the timing for the Utah Jazz could not be better," 18 Aug. 2020 By the end of the 2020 campaign, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Kamala Harris, Imaginary Centrist," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of judicious

1591, in the meaning defined above

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14 Oct 2020

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“Judicious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judicious. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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judicious

adjective
How to pronounce judicious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of judicious

formal : having or showing good judgment

judicious

adjective
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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