variants or less commonly jujutsu or
: an art of weaponless fighting employing holds, throws, and paralyzing blows to subdue or disable an opponent

Examples of jujitsu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joining me on the vessel was Alejandro Mira, a veterinarian from Medellín, and Joshua Wilson, an American jujitsu champion and world traveler who had hitched a ride with Mira and me and was sharing the experience with his followers on social media. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2024 All these techniques are a form of psychological jujitsu that turns vulnerabilities into strengths. Elke U. Weber, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2020 UConn then edged Villanova 66-65 in a physical game that had coach Dan Hurley talking about jujitsu, Muay Thai and UFC fighting. John Marshall, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2024 This one was from the heart of a 20-year-old jujitsu fighter who was last seen at the gym and was found dead in his bed two days later. Emily Baumgaertner Ariana Drehsler, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for jujitsu 

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Word History


Japanese jūjutsu, from weakness, gentleness + jutsu art, skill

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jujitsu was in 1875

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“Jujitsu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jujitsu. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or jujutsu or jiujitsu or jiujutsu
: the Japanese art of unarmed fighting using holds, throws, and paralyzing blows

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