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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from judicious

judiciously adverb
judiciousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for judicious


discreet, intelligent, judgmatic (or judgmatical), prudent


imprudent, indiscreet, injudicious

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for judicious

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Other than chasing Anderson’s high fastball too often — getting them started on their way to 15 strikeouts — the Padres did assemble some judicious at-bats. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres flash leather, not lumber as they fall to Brewers in opener," 29 Mar. 2018 Thiem, meanwhile, took 18 of 20 on his more judicious forays forward. Washington Post, "Djokovic Slam run ends at French; Thiem vs. Nadal in final," 9 June 2019 Thiem, meanwhile, took 18 of 20 on his more judicious forays forward. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam winning streak to reach French Open final," 8 June 2019 Thiem, meanwhile, took 18 of 20 on his more judicious forays forward. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak ends in French Open semifinals," 8 June 2019 And, when decrypts were available, the judicious use or non-use of the information involved agonizingly difficult deliberation. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 Second, China has cannily avoided such pitfalls by being far more judicious in its tariff strategy. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trump Thinks He Is Winning the Trade War. The Data Tell a Different Story," 16 Aug. 2019 The evolutionary approach, tested in animals and humans with advanced prostate cancer, sharply limits the natural selection of cancer cells through a more judicious use of chemotherapy. Robert Gatenby, Scientific American, "Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use," 3 Aug. 2019 His father’s Habsburg line had used judicious marriages to acquire territorial claims across Europe; indeed, his father’s early death left Charles an orphaned prince whose aunt governed the Netherlands in his name. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Emperor’ Review: A Sovereign on the Move," 21 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'judicious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of judicious

1591, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about judicious

Statistics for judicious

Last Updated

17 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for judicious

The first known use of judicious was in 1591

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for judicious



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.

Other Words from judicious

judiciously adverb

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on judicious

What made you want to look up judicious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to fake an opponent out of position

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!