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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The judicial branch of government.
  • n. A system of courts of law for the administration of justice.
  • n. The judges of these courts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The court system and judges considered collectively, the judicial branch of government.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to courts of judicature, or legal tribunals; judicial.
  • n. That branch of government in which judicial power is vested; the system of courts of justice in a country; the judges, taken collectively

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to courts of judicature or legal tribunals; judicial.
  • n. That branch of government which is concerned in the trial and determination of controversies between parties and of criminal prosecutions; the system of courts of justice in a country; the judges taken collectively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. persons who administer justice
  • n. the system of law courts that administer justice and constitute the judicial branch of government

Etymologies

Probably from Latin iūdiciārius, of the courts, from iūdicium, judgment, from iūdex, iūdic-, judge; see judge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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