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[joo-di-key-cher, -kuh-choo r]
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  1. the administration of justice, as by judges or courts.
  2. the office, function, or authority of a judge.
  3. the jurisdiction of a judge or court.
  4. a body of judges.
  5. the power of administering justice by legal trial and determination.
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Origin of judicature

1520–30; < Medieval Latin jūdicātūra, equivalent to Latin jūdic- (see judge) + -āt(us) -ate1 + -ūra -ure
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Examples from the Web for judicature

Historical Examples

  • Their brethren acquitting them, where was there any other judicature?

    John Knox and the Reformation

    Andrew Lang

  • La justice, in French, is the established term for judicature.


    John Stuart Mill

  • With us the practice of the law and the judicature of our law courts are divided.

  • A judicature was asserted in Parliament to try this question.

  • Here then we have the machinery of the Imperial, or Federal, Judicature.

British Dictionary definitions for judicature


  1. the administration of justice
  2. the office, function, or power of a judge
  3. the extent of authority of a court or judge
  4. a body of judges or persons exercising judicial authority; judiciary
  5. a court of justice or such courts collectively
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Word Origin and History for judicature


1520s, from Medieval Latin iudicatura, from iudicat-, past participle stem of Latin iudicare "to judge" (see judge (v.)).

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