- a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
- the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate. The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.
- to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
Also ju·jut·su, jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒʊ-/.
Origin of jujitsu
1870–75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to jū soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù
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Examples from the Web for jujitsu
The attack on the World Trade Center's towers (and on the Pentagon, that breathtaking parenthesis) was a brilliant act of jujitsu.Osama bin Laden: Why He Won
May 15, 2011
He grabbed the extended right arm to give it a jujitsu move up and to the back of the body.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.Autobiography of a YOGI
He reached forward in a jujitsu maneuver, grabbed a coat sleeve and a handful of suit coat.Black Man's Burden
Dallas McCord Reynolds
jujutsu or jiujutsu
- the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo
C19: from Japanese, from jū gentleness + jutsu art
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Word Origin and History for jujitsu
also ju-jitsu, 1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper