qua·​si-ju·​di·​cial ˌkwā-ˌzī-ju̇-ˈdi-shəl How to pronounce quasi-judicial (audio)
: having a partly judicial character by possession of the right to hold hearings on and conduct investigations into disputed claims and alleged infractions of rules and regulations and to make decisions in the general manner of courts
quasi-judicial bodies
: essentially judicial in character but not within the judicial power or function especially as constitutionally defined
quasi-judicial review
ˌkwā-ˌzī-ju̇-ˈdi-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce quasi-judicial (audio)

Examples of quasi-judicial in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quasi-judicial was in 1820

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“Quasi-judicial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasi-judicial. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


: of, relating to, or being an administrative act, body, or procedure that is concerned with the adjudication of specific rights and obligations rather than the promulgation of rules, that requires discretion and decision, and that may be subject to notice and hearing requirements and judicial review
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