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[joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. of or relating to judgment or the administration of justice; judiciary: judicatory power.
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noun, plural ju·di·ca·to·ries.
  1. a court of law and justice; tribunal; judiciary.
  2. the administration of justice.
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Origin of judicatory

1565–75; (noun) < Medieval Latin jūdicātōrium law court, equivalent to jūdicā(re) to judge + -tōrium -tory2; (adj.) < Late Latin jūdicātōrius, equivalent to jūdicā(re) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsnon·ju·di·ca·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ju·di·ca·to·ries.
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Related Words for judicatory

right, honesty, authority, truth, law, integrity, charter, code, sentence, correction, justness, hearing, redress, sanction, litigation, decree, review, impartiality, amends, penalty

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Historical Examples of judicatory

  • The senators, by the law judiciaria, acquired again the exclusive privilege of the judicatory functions.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • Most of these fevers went off by a crisis in sweating, which was so large I had good reason to believe it judicatory.

British Dictionary definitions for judicatory


  1. of or relating to the administration of justice
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  1. a court of law
  2. the administration of justice
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Derived Formsjudicatorial, adjective
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Word Origin and History for judicatory


1570s, from French judicatoire, from Late Latin iudicatorius "judicial, pertaining to judgment," from iudicat-, past participle stem of Latin iudicare "to judge" (see judge (v.)).

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