[ joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈdʒu dɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of or relating to judgment or the administration of justice; judiciary: judicatory power.

noun, plural ju·di·ca·to·ries.

a court of law and justice; tribunal; judiciary.
the administration of justice.

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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British Dictionary definitions for judicatory


/ (ˈdʒuːdɪkətərɪ) /


of or relating to the administration of justice


a court of law
the administration of justice
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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