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jujitsu

or jiu路jit路su

[ joo-jit-soo ]
/ d蕭u藞d蕭瑟t su /
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noun
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路jut路su, jiu路jut路su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /d蕭u藞d蕭蕦t su, -藞d蕭蕣-/ .
Compare judo, karate.

Origin of jujitsu

First recorded in 1870鈥75; from Japanese j奴jitsu, earlier j奴jutsu, equivalent to j奴 鈥渟oft鈥 (see judo) + -jut(u) 鈥渢echnique,鈥 from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese sh霉

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British Dictionary definitions for jujitsu

jujitsu

jujutsu or jiujutsu

/ (d蕭u藧藞d蕭瑟tsu藧) /

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

Word Origin for jujitsu

C19: from Japanese, from j奴 gentleness + jutsu art
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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