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[joo-dish-uh s] /dʒuˈdɪʃ əs/
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 forms
judiciously, adverb
judiciousness, noun
overjudicious, adjective
overjudiciously, adverb
overjudiciousness, noun
Can be confused
judicial, judiciary, judicious (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. See practical. 1, 2. See moderate. 2. rational, reasonable, sober, sound, sagacious, enlightened, considered. 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.
1. imprudent. 2. silly, unreasonable. Unabridged
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  • He did not answer immediately, for he had to be judicious and not truthful.

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

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • We have no longer a right to expect a great end, worthy means, or a frugal and judicious application of the miraculous gift.

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

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The judicious reader will apprehend that I allude to the persons called day scholars.

    The Parent's Assistant Maria Edgeworth
British Dictionary definitions for judicious


having or proceeding from good judgment
Derived Forms
judiciously, adverb
judiciousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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