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[joo-dish-uh l] /dʒuˈdɪʃ əl/
pertaining to judgment in courts of justice or to the administration of justice:
judicial proceedings; the judicial system.
pertaining to courts of law or to judges; judiciary:
judicial functions.
of or relating to a judge; proper to the character of a judge; judgelike:
judicial gravity.
inclined to make or give judgments; critical; discriminating:
a judicial mind.
decreed, sanctioned, or enforced by a court:
a judicial decision.
giving or seeking judgment, as in a dispute or contest; determinative:
a judicial duel over lands.
inflicted by God as a judgment or punishment.
Origin of judicial
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin jūdiciālis of the law courts, equivalent to jūdici(um) judgment (see judge, -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
judicially, adverb
judicialness, noun
nonjudicial, adjective
nonjudicially, adverb
semijudicial, adjective
semijudicially, adverb
subjudicial, adjective
subjudicially, adverb
superjudicial, adjective
superjudicially, adverb
unjudicial, adjective
unjudicially, adverb
Can be confused
judicial, judiciary, judicious (see synonym study at judicious)
1, 2. juridical. 2. forensic.
Synonym Study
4. See judicious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for judicial
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  • His judicial opinions are contained in volumes 18, 19 and 20 of the Ohio Reports.

  • For it perceives its object's little failings with a calm and judicial eye.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • We find in this fact a singular mixture of religious and judicial notions.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Not with tyranny; of that there is no danger, but with a judicial firmness.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The judicial rints is twice too much, an' the price of stock what it is.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for judicial


of or relating to the administration of justice
of or relating to judgment in a court of law or to a judge exercising this function
inclined to pass judgment; discriminating
allowed or enforced by a court of law: a decree of judicial separation
having qualities appropriate to a judge
giving or seeking judgment, esp determining or seeking determination of a contested issue
Derived Forms
judicially, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin jūdiciālis belonging to the law courts, from jūdicium judgment, from jūdex a judge
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Word Origin and History for judicial

late 14c., from Latin iudicalis "of or belonging to a court of justice," from iudicium "judgment, decision," from iudicem (see judge (v.)). Related: Judicially.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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