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

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Recent Examples on the Web Her accommodation of the army over the past five years was viewed by some as political jujitsu, rather than appeasement. New York Times, "Democracy Hero? Military Foil? Myanmar’s Leader Ends Up as Neither," 1 Feb. 2021 Pedro, an athlete whose sport is Brazilian jujitsu, would love to return to his exercise regimen. Washington Post, "She’s young, has no serious health conditions — and hasn’t left isolation since March," 19 Dec. 2020 Liberals would have their own objections to some of this ideological jujitsu. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, "How Trump could have succeeded with political incorrectness — the constructive kind," 13 Oct. 2020 Throughout her life, Bayer has participated in softball, baseball, basketball, jujitsu, and Krav Maga. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A giant adult playground': This new Glendale gym owned by a lifelong athlete has a ninja rig and an '80s-themed class," 15 Sep. 2020 The boy must finesse his demon, not overcome it, and do so by means of a kind of psychological jujitsu. Elisabeth Egan, New York Times, "Are Your Children Stuck Inside? So Are These Kids," 7 Apr. 2020 Bernie Sanders would attempt a form of political jujitsu, turning every Bloomberg ad into another shameless attempt to buy support that could not otherwise be earned. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Bernie’s Dream Rival," 11 Feb. 2020 By getting their version of events out to the public, in advance of that of the Justice Department, the authors have performed a neat bit of publishing jujitsu. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Inside Story of Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier," 26 Nov. 2019 In a brilliant demonstration of political jujitsu, Harrison's party EMBRACED the caricature. CBS News, "The long and short of President Harrison," 12 June 2012

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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