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.

Origin of judicious

1590–1600; < Latin jūdici(um) judgment (see judge, -ium) + -ous; compare Italian giudizioso, French judicieux
Related formsju·di·cious·ly, adverbju·di·cious·ness, nouno·ver·ju·di·cious, adjectiveo·ver·ju·di·cious·ly, adverbo·ver·ju·di·cious·ness, noun
Can be confusedjudicial judiciary judicious (see synonym study at the current entry)

Synonyms for judicious

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.

Antonyms for judicious

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Examples from the Web for judicious

Contemporary Examples of judicious

Historical Examples of judicious

  • We have already observed that the selection of this name was judicious in more than one relation.


    Scian Dubh

  • They are so unbusinesslike, we could make them do anything by judicious management.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Captain Elkhanah poured himself a judicious dose from the bottle.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • All this showed his judicious foresight, his faith in the future.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • "Yes—you had to win the basketball game," he nodded with a judicious appreciation.


    Jane Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for judicious



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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