[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. judicable,
  2. judicare,
  3. judication,
  4. judicative,
  5. judicator,
  6. judicature,
  7. judiciable,
  8. judicial,
  9. judicial activism,
  10. judicial branch

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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