ju·​rist | \ˈju̇r-ist \

Definition of jurist 

: one having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge

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Examples of jurist in a Sentence

earned a reputation as one of the most learned jurists in the federal courts

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By nominating a jurist with the tradition of Scalier or Thomas, Trump can insure the court, the court majority for another generational, adheres to the proper Article three role that are framers intended. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 Judge Kavanaugh's really one of the most distinguished jurists in the country. David Morgan, CBS News, "Conservative advocate praises Trump's Supreme Court list," 9 July 2018 Originally composed of 11 names, the list has since expanded to 25, becoming a Who's Who of conservative jurists. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 The ostensible opposition party lacks a clear strategy for the coming legislative midterms, let alone for the incremental grooming of a cohort of jurists to place on the bench two to three decades down the road. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Don’t Count on History to Judge Wisely," 27 June 2018 Trump said his nominee would come from a list of 25 jurists and politicians suggested largely by conservative think tanks. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Feinstein: Wait till after midterms to replace Anthony Kennedy," 27 June 2018 In May, however, Newsom made his mark as a conservative jurist in a case involving allegedly squalid conditions at the Brevard County, Fla., jail. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump packs influential Atlanta court with conservative judges," 6 July 2018 The school's relationship with the foundation has received increased scrutiny since 2016 when Mason renamed its law school for conservative jurist Antonin Scalia. Matthew Barakat, Fox News, "Documents show ties between university, conservative donors," 30 Apr. 2018 If confirmed, the 53-year-old jurist would make the high court solidly conservative. NBC News, "Trump taps federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of jurist

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jurist

Middle French juriste, from Medieval Latin jurista, from Latin jur-, jus

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English Language Learners Definition of jurist

: a person who has a thorough knowledge of law


ju·​rist | \ˈju̇r-ist \

Legal Definition of jurist 

: an individual having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge the state's top jurist violated the U.S. Constitution when he banned the filming National Law Journal

History and Etymology for jurist

Middle French juriste, from Medieval Latin jurista, from Latin jur-, jus law

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