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  1. pertaining to judgment in courts of justice or to the administration of justice: judicial proceedings; the judicial system.
  2. pertaining to courts of law or to judges; judiciary: judicial functions.
  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.

Origin of judicial

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin jūdiciālis of the law courts, equivalent to jūdici(um) judgment (see judge, -ium) + -ālis -al1
Related formsju·di·cial·ly, adverbju·di·cial·ness, nounnon·ju·di·cial, adjectivenon·ju·di·cial·ly, adverbsem·i·ju·di·cial, adjectivesem·i·ju·di·cial·ly, adverbsub·ju·di·cial, adjectivesub·ju·di·cial·ly, adverbsu·per·ju·di·cial, adjectivesu·per·ju·di·cial·ly, adverbun·ju·di·cial, adjectiveun·ju·di·cial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedjudicial judiciary judicious (see synonym study at judicious)

Synonyms for judicial

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1, 2. juridical. 2. forensic.

Synonym study

4. See judicious.
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Examples from the Web for judicial

Contemporary Examples of judicial

Historical Examples of judicial

  • His judicial opinions are contained in volumes 18, 19 and 20 of the Ohio Reports.

  • For it perceives its object's little failings with a calm and judicial eye.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • We find in this fact a singular mixture of religious and judicial notions.

  • Not with tyranny; of that there is no danger, but with a judicial firmness.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • The judicial rints is twice too much, an' the price of stock what it is.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

British Dictionary definitions for judicial


  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 lawa 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
Derived Formsjudicially, 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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Word Origin and History for judicial

late 14c., from Latin iudicalis "of or belonging to a court of justice," from iudicium "judgment, decision," from iudicem (see judge (v.)). Related: Judicially.

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