[ joo-dish-uhs ]
/ dʒuˈdɪʃ əs /


using or showing judgment as to action or practical expediency; discreet, prudent, or politic: judicious use of one's money.
having, exercising, or characterized by good or discriminating judgment; wise, sensible, or well-advised: a judicious selection of documents.

Nearby words

  1. judicial restraint,
  2. judicial review,
  3. judicial separation,
  4. judicially,
  5. judiciary,
  6. judiciously,
  7. judith,
  8. judo,
  9. judogi,
  10. judoka

Origin of judicious

1590–1600; < Latin jūdici(um) judgment (see judge, -ium) + -ous; compare Italian giudizioso, French judicieux

Related forms
Can be confusedjudicial judiciary judicious (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonym study

1. See practical. 1, 2. See moderate. 2. Judicious, judicial both refer to a balanced and wise judgment. Judicious implies the possession and use of discerning and discriminating judgment: a judicious use of one's time. Judicial has connotations of judgments made in a courtroom and refers to a fair and impartial kind of judgment: cool and judicial in examining the facts.

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British Dictionary definitions for judicious


/ (dʒuːˈdɪʃəs) /


having or proceeding from good judgment
Derived Formsjudiciously, adverbjudiciousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for judicious



1590s, "having sound judgment," from Middle French judicieux (16c.), from Latin iudicium "judgment," from iudicem (see judge (v.)). Meaning "careful, prudent" is from c.1600. Related: Judiciously; judiciousness.

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