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[ joo-dish-uhl ]


  1. pertaining to judgment in courts of justice or to the administration of justice:

    judicial proceedings; the judicial system.

    Synonyms: juridical

  2. pertaining to courts of law or to judges; judiciary:

    judicial functions.

    Synonyms: forensic, juridical

  3. of or relating to a judge; proper to the character of a judge; judgelike:

    judicial gravity.

  4. inclined to make or give judgments; critical; discriminating:

    a judicial mind.

  5. decreed, sanctioned, or enforced by a court:

    a judicial decision.

  6. giving or seeking judgment, as in a dispute or contest; determinative:

    a judicial duel over lands.

  7. inflicted by God as a judgment or punishment.


/ dʒuːˈdɪʃəl /


  1. of or relating to the administration of justice
  2. of or relating to judgment in a court of law or to a judge exercising this function
  3. inclined to pass judgment; discriminating
  4. allowed or enforced by a court of law

    a decree of judicial separation

  5. having qualities appropriate to a judge
  6. giving or seeking judgment, esp determining or seeking determination of a contested issue

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Derived Forms

  • juˈdicially, adverb

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Other Words From

  • ju·dicial·ly adverb
  • ju·dicial·ness noun
  • nonju·dicial adjective
  • nonju·dicial·ly adverb
  • semi·ju·dicial adjective
  • semi·ju·dicial·ly adverb
  • subju·dicial adjective
  • subju·dicial·ly adverb
  • super·ju·dicial adjective
  • super·ju·dicial·ly adverb
  • unju·dicial adjective
  • unju·dicial·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of judicial1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin jūdiciālis of the law courts, equivalent to jūdici ( um ) judgment ( judge, -ium ) + -ālis -al 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of judicial1

C14: from Latin jūdiciālis belonging to the law courts, from jūdicium judgment, from jūdex a judge

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Example Sentences

It was meant, he said, to localize enforcement of public health orders and create a quicker judicial process than the tools previously available.

The competitions involve students learning about the law and the judicial system by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses.

In 2013, when he was Senate majority leader, Reid nuked it for non-Supreme Court judicial nominees in the face of a GOP blockade.

David Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report, suggested that the time crunch could lead to more judicial intervention in this round of mapmaking.

Hoffman said last year the state’s judiciary submitted a short statement opposing limits to what they perceived to be judicial discretion, but said their silence this year was noteworthy.

Cairo should have listened to Amal Clooney last year when she recommended judicial reforms.

Black people are tense because they are sick and tired of being subjected to what they see as a prejudiced judicial system.

They can be unmade by judicial fiat, but it feels awfully cruel to do so.

Since taking office, Obama has had approximately 280 federal judicial nominees confirmed.

We kindly inform these little jokers with the dubious jokes that they risk judicial proceedings they may not find funny at all.

To Harrison and his wife there was no distinction between the executive and judicial branches of the law.

This judicial bent of the child is a curious one and often develops a priggish fondness for setting others morally straight.

In the New Testament a few examples appear in which his utterances are given a quasi-judicial tone.

With this object in view, he has been continually paid his salary from the judicial expenses.

A judicial record was made of all of this matter, and authentic papers with the arguments of each party.


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More About Judicial

What does judicial mean?

Judicial describes something related to courts of law or judges. For example, a judicial review refers to a court reviewing the action of an administrative, legislative, or executive branch of government.

Broadly, judicial can refer to any part of the legal process, but it often relates directly to a judge and their practices. Judges make judicial decisions, and any court process that involves the judge making a decision is referred to as judicial.

Judicial can also be used to describe something or someone as critical or discriminating or inclined to making judgments. If you look carefully at both sides of an argument before making a serious decision, you could be described as being judicial in your decision-making.

Example: The judicial branch of government evaluates and upholds the law.

Where does judicial come from?

The first records of the term judicial come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin jūdiciālis, meaning “of the court of law” or “judgment.” 

In the United States, the Supreme Court is made up of a panel of appointed judges who decide cases by judicial review and judicial voting. People often refer to the decisions of the Supreme Court as judicial, not because they are voted on by judges but because they are mostly final. The final, definitive ruling on something is often referred to as judicial, even if it has nothing to do with a judge, and the Supreme Court is often seen as the most definitive decision-maker.

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What are some other forms related to judicial?

  • judicially (adverb)
  • judicialness (noun)
  • nonjudicial (adjective)

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How is judicial used in real life?

Because judicial typically relates to a court of law, it’s often used in legal contexts or in news stories about governments and law.


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A judicial decision is a decision made or enforced by a court of law.




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