jiujutsu

jiujitsu

[joo-jit-soo]
noun
Also, jiujutsu [joo-juht-soo, -joot-] .
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jujitsu

[joo-jit-soo]
noun
1.
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.
2.
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)
3.
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.
Also, jiujitsu, jiujutsu, jujutsu.
Compare judo, karate.


Origin:
1870–75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù

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jiujitsu or jiujutsu (dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː)
 
n
variant spellings of jujitsu
 
jiujutsu or jiujutsu
 
n

jujitsu, jujutsu or jiujutsu (dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː)
 
n
See also judo the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samurai
 
[C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art]
 
jujutsu, jujutsu or jiujutsu
 
n
 
[C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art]
 
jiujutsu, jujutsu or jiujutsu
 
n
 
[C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art]

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jujitsu
1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.
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