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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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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Be patient, be judicious, be yourself, and find yours. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "A tomboy ponders playing the coquette," 27 Aug. 2018 Still, there’s an inspiring moment to be celebrated here in Swift’s reminder that even the most strategically judicious celebrity among us is capable of putting aside her meticulously crafted persona and putting up a fight for her country. Aja Romano, Vox, "Taylor Swift’s voter push wasn’t enough to turn Tennessee blue," 7 Nov. 2018 In an accompanying commentary, doctors and editorial staff from JAMA Internal Medicine, argue that judicious use of antibiotics doesn’t seem to fit into the business model of urgent care centers. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors fear urgent care centers are wildly overusing antibiotics—for profit," 17 July 2018 So whether this is Apple being judicious or merely limited by circumstance, its first 5G device is a long way off. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Apple is right: 2019 will be too early to buy a 5G phone," 5 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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judiciously adverb

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one that collects or salvages junk

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