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 Kemp was under pressure to tap another jurist who would increase the diversity of the court. Bill Rankin, ajc, 20 July 2021 Moss is a respected jurist who led the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel under Bill Clinton and now chairs the federal judiciary’s Committee on Criminal Law. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 But his action in 2012 and then again in a 2015 case, similarly upholding the law that has become known as Obamacare, went a long way toward shaping public perceptions of the chief justice as a moderate jurist. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 18 June 2021 The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is geared up and ready for its deep dive into the life and times of the progressive jurist, mother, feminist and legal scholar who left a huge stamp on American life. Steven Litt, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2021 But President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative jurist who will take power next month, has not yet articulated his science priorities; his dispositions toward foreign collaboration and fundamental research are unknown. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, 12 July 2021 Instead, Ginsburg died on the bench and President Donald Trump replaced the liberal icon last fall with Barrett, a conservative jurist in her 40s who now stands to shape American law for decades. Philip Elliott, Time, 23 June 2021 This will happen because Breyer is a wise person animated by liberal commitments who understands the precarity of the political situation surrounding the Court and the need to install soon a jurist who would be a suitable successor. WSJ, 22 June 2021 But conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett replaced Ginsburg, and a majority to sustain the law was considered less secure. Julie Rovner, Scientific American, 17 June 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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“Jurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jurist. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of jurist

: a person who has a thorough knowledge of law especially : judge entry 2 sense 1


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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