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

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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 Ye shall know them by their generic titles and judicious use of Bruce, whose total screen time in each rarely surpasses 15 minutes. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2021 That means Martin had to be extra judicious this time around. cleveland, 4 Apr. 2021 Manchin, who is a pivotal swing vote in the 50-50 Senate, said that with signs of a growing economy, on top of the trillions in spending already approved by Congress, lawmakers must be judicious in deciding where to pump additional resources. Manu Raju, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 On Twitter, Lockwood (94.5K followers) and Oyler (24.6K followers) mix incisive political commentary with jokes, judicious self-promotion, and pictures of fluffy animals (Lockwood’s cat, Miette, is a recurring character). Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 But Godwin’s staging makes clear by physical proximity and by judicious intercutting that these elements are related: Romeo and Juliet’s passion is as rash and irrational as the other characters’ repression and violence. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Maddon wanted his pitchers to be more judicious and less predictable, saying the staff had the talent to improve overall and assume better command of the strike zone. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Has your work forced you to be more judicious about your online presence? Madison Malone Kircher, Vulture, 3 Mar. 2021 An art historian at Stanford, Nemerov is a thoughtful and judicious writer. Ann Levin, Star Tribune, 22 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Jun 2021

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“Judicious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judicious. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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.

Other Words from judicious

judiciously adverb


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