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judo

[joo-doh] /ˈdʒu doʊ/
noun
1.
a method of defending oneself or fighting without the use of weapons, based on jujitsu but differing from it in banning dangerous throws and blows and stressing the athletic or sport element.
2.
the sport of fighting by this method.
Compare jujitsu, karate.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to this fighting method or sport.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Japanese jūdō < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese róu soft + dào way
Related forms
judoist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for judi

judo

/ˈdʒuːdəʊ/
noun
1.
  1. the modern sport derived from jujitsu, in which the object is to throw, hold to the ground, or otherwise force an opponent to submit, using the minimum of physical effort
  2. (as modifier): a judo throw
Derived Forms
judoist, noun
Word Origin
Japanese, from gentleness + way
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Word Origin and History for judi

judo

n.

1889, from Japanese judo, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + do "way, art," from Chinese tao "way." "A refined form of ju-jitsu introduced in 1882 by Dr. Jigoro Kano, using principles of movement and balance, and practiced as a sport or form of physical exercise" [OED].

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