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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 Sober and judicious — and terrified — Republican politicians and pundits virtue-signal their own wide distance from the MAGA operatives and Trump himself. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?," 8 Oct. 2019 Pikoh’s albacore tiradito sears gracias to the judicious use of ají limo. Gustavo Arellanostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "At Pikoh, Peruvian superstar chef Ricardo Zarate holds back his fastball for a West L.A. crowd," 24 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of judicious

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of judicious was in 1591

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28 Nov 2019

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“Judicious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judiciously. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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