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Judicial and Judicious

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The adjective judicial means pertaining to law courts, judges, or the administration of justice.

The adjective judicious means having or showing sound judgment.


  • A higher court is never required to follow an opinion written by a lower court in the same judicial system.

  • Plato described an ideal republic with philosopher-kings providing wise and judicious leadership.

Practice Exercises:

(a) The general was regarded as an energetic, enterprising, and _____ commander.

(b) Just as legislators are not the only people involved in lawmaking, judges are not the only ones involved in _____ matters.

Answers to Practice Exercises

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