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judicial

[ joo-dish-uhl ]
/ dʒuˈdɪʃ əl /
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Origin of judicial

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin jūdiciālis of the law courts, equivalent to jūdici(um) judgment (see judge, -ium) + -ālis-al1

synonym study for judicial

4. See judicious.

OTHER WORDS FROM judicial

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH judicial

judicial , judiciary, judicious (see synonym study at judicious)
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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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British Dictionary definitions for judicial

judicial
/ (dʒuːˈdɪʃəl) /

adjective
of or relating to the administration of justice
of or relating to judgment in a court of law or to a judge exercising this function
inclined to pass judgment; discriminating
allowed or enforced by a court of lawa decree of judicial separation
having qualities appropriate to a judge
giving or seeking judgment, esp determining or seeking determination of a contested issue

Derived forms of judicial

judicially, adverb

Word Origin for judicial

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