or jiu·jit·su

[ joo-jit-soo ]
/ dʒuˈdʒɪt su /


a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate.The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.

verb (used with object)

to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.



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Also ju·jut·su, jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒʊ-/ .
Compare judo, karate.

Origin of jujitsu

First recorded in 1870–75; from Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to “soft” (see judo) + -jut(u) “technique,” from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù

Words nearby jujitsu

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Example sentences from the Web for jujitsu

  • The attack on the World Trade Center's towers (and on the Pentagon, that breathtaking parenthesis) was a brilliant act of jujitsu.

  • He grabbed the extended right arm to give it a jujitsu move up and to the back of the body.

    David Lannarck, Midget|George S. Harney
  • He reached forward in a jujitsu maneuver, grabbed a coat sleeve and a handful of suit coat.

    Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.

    Autobiography of a YOGI|Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for jujitsu


jujutsu or jiujutsu

/ (dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː) /


the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo

Word Origin for jujitsu

C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art
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