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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Examples of jurist in a Sentence

earned a reputation as one of the most learned jurists in the federal courts
Recent Examples on the Web Breyer, at 82, is the oldest jurist on the court and the most senior member of its liberal wing. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 28 May 2021 On Thursday, a Whatcom County Superior Court jurist held a hearing to consider a motion for immediate return of Enrrique to his father filed by King, who provided FBI background checks conducted on Rivera and Alvarez last year. Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2021 Garland is known in legal circles as a meticulous and methodical jurist, who seeks to build consensus among his colleagues and treats litigants with respect. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2021 Her defenders insist Bryson is a hard-working jurist who has persisted through major health problems and single parenthood. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Skinner, 58, a longtime jurist, will take the seat vacated by Judge Lori I. Valenzuela, a Republican. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Mar. 2021 The Nazi political philosopher and jurist Carl Schmitt contended that liberal democracy could not work in the long run because politics is a zero-sum game in which one side or the other must ultimately prevail completely. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 18 Mar. 2021 Like the Carmon-Knizhnik book on which it is based, the exhibition charts Ginsburg’s climb to prominence as a law professor and jurist through family photos, yearbooks, newspaper clippings, legal publications, and other documents. Steven Litt, cleveland, 28 Feb. 2021 The list begins with conservative jurist Robert Bork’s successful effort to free capital from regulatory constraints. Roger Mcnamee, Time, 2 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of jurist was in the 15th century

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9 Jun 2021

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“Jurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jurist. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jurist

: a person who has a thorough knowledge of law


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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