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 Both cases were 5-4 decisions with Chief Justice Roberts, a philosophically conservative jurist, joining his four liberal colleagues in a narrow ruling. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "Principle over politics? Why Chief Justice Roberts upheld abortion rights.," 30 June 2020 The opinion from Alito, a conservative jurist appointed by President George W. Bush, said a 1996 immigration law that authorized these speedy deportations for border-crossers is constitutional. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Supreme Court sides with Trump on speedy deportations of asylum-seekers," 25 June 2020 In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 27 June 2020 Attentive jurist Richard Durbin, 64, clerked for Sessions from 1981 to 1983, during the Wood murder investigation. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "William Sessions: Former prosecutor, judge and FBI director, dies at 90," 12 June 2020 Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson disagreed with Powell's characterization of the bounds of the jurist's authority. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Appeals court shows skepticism about forcing lower court to drop Flynn case," 12 June 2020 Smith, the maritime jurist who presides over Titanic salvage matters in Norfolk, has noted the court’s unique authority. Ben Finley, BostonGlobe.com, "US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic’s radio," 9 June 2020 When Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination teetered on the brink, McConnell didn’t ask Trump to name another hard-right jurist. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is No Genius," 10 June 2020 Liberal jurist Jill Karofsky on Monday won a 10-year term on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, a victory Democrats say bodes well for former Vice President Joe Biden’s prospects in what is viewed as a top presidential battleground state this November. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Trump-Backed Candidate Loses Wisconsin Supreme Court Race," 14 Apr. 2020

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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 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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