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From French judicieux, ultimately derived from Latin iudico. Related to judge, judicial.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dʒuˈdɪʃ.əs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪʃəs


judicious (comparative more judicious, superlative most judicious)

  1. Having, characterized by, or done with good judgment or sound thinking.
    Synonym: sagacious
    • 1682, [Nahum Tate; John Dryden], The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel. A Poem. [], 2nd edition, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC, page 5:
      Such practices as Theſe, too groſs to lye / Long unobſerv'd by each diſcerning Eye, / The more judicious Iſraelites Unſpell'd, / Though ſtill the Charm the giddy Rabble held, [...]
    • 1792, Anthony à Wood, “An. Dom. 1503, 18–19 Hen. VII”, in The History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford: [], volume I, Oxford, Oxfordshire: John Gutch, →OCLC, page 661:
      One hall called Civil Law Hall or School, flouriſhed about this time (though in its buildings decayed) by the care of the learned and judicious Dr. Will. Warham Principal or Moderator thereof [...]
    • 2021 December 15, Robin Leleux, “Awards honour the best restoration projects: The Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award: Victoria Arcade”, in RAIL, number 946, page 59:
      This project has stripped away modern PVCu and aluminium shop fronts to reveal original or 1930s Art Deco work, with judicious repairs and replacements as necessary, plus stonework repairs and the restoration of traditional London Transport signage.

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