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judicious Line breaks: ju|di¦cious
Pronunciation: /dʒuːˈdɪʃəs/

Definition of judicious in English:


Having, showing, or done with good judgement or sense: the judicious use of public investment
More example sentences
  • It is a careful, judicious, moderate way forward proposed by a man who knows about war.
  • Social occasions in particular require judicious thought and planning.
  • We were, quite literally, reaping the rewards of ignoring the judicious practice of crop rotation.
wise, sensible, prudent, politic, shrewd, astute, canny, sagacious, common-sense, commonsensical, sound, well advised, well judged, well thought out, considered, thoughtful, perceptive, discerning, clear-sighted, insightful, far-sighted, percipient, discriminating, informed, intelligent, clever, enlightened, logical, rational;
discreet, careful, cautious, circumspect, diplomatic;
strategic, expedient, practical, advisable, in one's (best) interests
informal smart, savvy
Scottish & Northern English informal pawky
North American informal heads-up
dated, , informal long-headed
rare argute, sapient


Judicious means ‘using good judgement, careful and sensible’, as in the judicious use of public investment or the judicious use of pesticides; it should not be confused with judicial, which means ‘relating to the administration of justice’, as in the judicial system.


Pronunciation: /dʒuːˈdɪʃəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • His judiciousness in selecting roles isn't in finding challenges as an actor but in finding catchy roles suited to his limitations.
  • It is when he moves to a higher level of argument that Ricks loses his judiciousness.
  • But this requires a kind of proportion and judiciousness that is noticeably absent from the conservative screeds.


Late 16th century: from French judicieux, from Latin judicium 'judgement' (see judicial).

Words that rhyme with judicious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, conspicuous, delicious, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious
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