- 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
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Examples from the Web for judicial
They can be unmade by judicial fiat, but it feels awfully cruel to do so.Gay Marriage Chaos Begins
November 11, 2014
Fighter Sergei was hopeful that judicial investigations have begun into the 12th Battalion when I first met him in September.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
While that is unlikely to happen, the very fact that it can is a stain on the American judicial system.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System
October 18, 2014
That is the way the judicial system in Iran runs its course.Trust Iran? It Just Hanged a Man Who Doubted ‘Jonah and the Whale’
September 30, 2014
And that judicial consensus mirrors the consensus we have grown in the hearts and minds of the American people.Last of the Anti-Gay Marriage Judges
September 5, 2014
His judicial opinions are contained in volumes 18, 19 and 20 of the Ohio Reports.Cleveland Past and Present
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
Not with tyranny; of that there is no danger, but with a judicial firmness.
The judicial rints is twice too much, an' the price of stock what it is.
- 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 lawa decree of judicial separation
- having qualities appropriate to a judge
- giving or seeking judgment, esp determining or seeking determination of a contested issue
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.