variants: or less commonly jujutsu or \ jü-​ˈjit-​(ˌ)sü How to pronounce jujitsu (audio) \

Definition of jujitsu

: 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 This political vaccine jujitsu is causing real harm to Americans and U.S. social harmony. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 Jack grew up in San Diego and had been obsessed with Whitney since 2018, after being paralyzed from the neck down in a jujitsu accident. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Baltimore — There is a reward system at Guardian Baltimore, a nonprofit jujitsu gym in the city's Remington neighborhood. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 To protect herself on the job, Ms. Clem took up Brazilian jujitsu, which focuses on ground fighting and self-defense. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2021 There is a reward system at Guardian Baltimore, a nonprofit jujitsu gym in Remington. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The bike ride there and back plus actual jujitsu practice was three hours of physical activity. Venita Blackburn, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 This jujitsu maneuver is unworkable on other brands (the clever Grand Cherokee L excepted) since the child seats prevent the seats from collapsing forward. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 24 July 2021 But put aside this thematic jujitsu and what remains is an engrossing, lively and expertly crafted courtroom drama filled with colorful characters and having significant resonance for the present. Washington Post, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of jujitsu

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jujitsu

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

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“Jujitsu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jujitsu. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of jujitsu

: a form of fighting without weapons that was developed in Japan : a Japanese martial art

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