ju·​rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio) \

Definition of jurist

: one having a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge

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earned a reputation as one of the most learned jurists in the federal courts
Recent Examples on the Web Brown Jackson is an experienced jurist with eight years on the federal district court in D.C. before her elevation in June. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2022 Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is known as a capable, diligent and collegial jurist. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Andrew M. Grossman, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2022 The conservative jurist believes that not only was electoral democracy in peril after the 2020 election, but the specter is looming over 2024. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 17 June 2022 Pence’s former counsel Greg Jacob and conservative jurist J. Michael Luttig, who has advised Pence, have been announced as witnesses at the hearing, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. John Wagner, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 His legacy includes his work as a leading scholar and jurist in administrative law, bringing his brilliance to bear to make government run more efficiently and effectively. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2022 South Carolina jurist Michelle Childs – recently under consideration for a slot on the U.S. Supreme Court – was confirmed on a 17-5 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee for a spot on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 May 2022 The conservative jurist Robert Bork organized his defense; Dennis P. Riordan, who had defended Black Panthers in California, joined the effort. New York Times, 29 May 2022 On July 12, 2021, when Ms. Pope and Ms. Daza filed their lawsuit, the Tampa division randomly assigned it to its newest judge, Judge Mizelle, a conservative jurist appointed by President Donald J. Trump in November 2020. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Jurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jurist. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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ju·​rist | \ ˈju̇r-ist How to pronounce jurist (audio) \

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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