judicious

adjective
ju·​di·​cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce judicious (audio) \

Definition of judicious

: having, exercising, or characterized by sound judgment judicious investments a judicious decision

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judiciously adverb
judiciousness noun

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wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions. judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion. a prudent decision to wait out the storm sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality. a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness. remained sane even in times of crises

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judicious use of our resources Judicious planning now can prevent problems later.
Recent Examples on the Web Zapata encourages people to also be judicious in their use of antibiotics—to avoid taking them when they aren’t needed, and to take targeted antibiotics rather than drugs that kill off a broad array of bacteria. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 But even though Chastain has clearly studied Tammy Faye’s mannerisms and vocal tics and runs through them admirably, the movie’s candy-colored varnish seems to have waterproofed it against anything so messy as real feeling—or judicious assessment. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 17 Sep. 2021 Winston, who led the NFL with 30 interceptions in his last season as a starter with Tampa Bay in 2019, was largely judicious and accurate in going an efficient 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception. Brett Martel, ajc, 13 Sep. 2021 Winston, who led the NFL with 30 interceptions in his last season as a starter with Tampa Bay in 2019, was largely judicious and accurate in going an efficient 14 of 20 for 148 yards without an interception. Brett Martel, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 Only rarely should they be aided by the judicious use of special military units, such as the SEALS, who are trained and designed to strike and get out. Karl Marlantes, Time, 26 Aug. 2021 While Prescott did throw four interceptions over that span, the Cowboys can live with that, as Prescott has proven to be judicious with the ball over the course of his career. John Owning, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 But for a community, lifting the maximum number of people from 0 percent to 84 is the more judicious move. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 20 Aug. 2021 Makary and Meissner cast doubt on an economical, effective and judicious public-health measure. WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of judicious

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of judicious was in 1591

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27 Oct 2021

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“Judicious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/judicious. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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judicious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of judicious

: having or showing good judgment : wise

judicious

adjective
ju·​di·​cious | \ jü-ˈdi-shəs How to pronounce judicious (audio) \

Kids Definition of judicious

: having, using, or showing good judgment : wise The community deserves praise for its judicious use of water.

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