Definition of cadi in English:


Syllabification: ca·di
Pronunciation: /ˈkädē, ˈkā-
(also kadi)

noun (plural cadis)

  • (In Islamic countries) a judge.
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    • Customary law and Muslim law are carried out by the cadis in matters of personal rights and inheritance.
    • The police and the French gendarmerie help the European judges who dispense justice in the penal system and constitute the court of appeals for the tribunals of Islamic judges (cadis).
    • The rabbis in their pulpits and the kadis in their mosques have erased the word from their lexicon.


late 16th century: from Arabic ḳāḍī, from ḳaḍā 'to judge'.

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