One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, relating to, or of the nature of judgement; having the function of making a judgement.
2Of or relating to the administration of justice; having the function of judging cases; judicial.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Gilbert Hay (c1397–c1465), soldier and poet. From post-classical Latin iudicativus critical, capable of judgement from classical Latin iūdicāt-, past participial stem of iūdicāre to judge + -īvus.
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