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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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British Dictionary definitions for judiciously


having or proceeding from good judgment
Derived Forms
judiciously, adverb
judiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for judiciously



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.

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