Definition of judicious in English:



  • Having, showing, or done with good judgement or sense.

    ‘the judicious use of public investment’
    • ‘Make wise and judicious use of resources, without waste, but use them; do not allow them to languish untapped.’
    • ‘Do people with fewer resources have to be more judicious than those with more?’
    • ‘You have a logical, judicious, and pleasant way of expressing yourself and you do so in a straightforward fashion.’
    • ‘I have been very judicious about the interviews that I have agreed to do through the years.’
    • ‘Is that level of funding secure and is it open to judicious increases?’
    • ‘Indeed, the lack of judicious editing is the most obvious problem with this book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The curators were judicious in their selection of authors for the exhibition catalogue.’
    • ‘Organised for the 19th year, the fair aims to impress on the young the need for judicious use of water.’
    • ‘I think the play might have benefited from some judicious cutting, as this is a very wordy piece, which went on for more than three hours.’
    • ‘Most of the women credit card holders are judicious in using their cards.’
    • ‘If so, then judicious quotation from the diaries might have made this point just as well as their wholesale reproduction.’
    • ‘They too believed in historic inevitability, but felt it judicious to help history along with a bit with military force.’
    • ‘With judicious editing and good music, suddenly you can seem like a star on the screen.’
    • ‘All one needs to do is a little judicious planning and research before heading there.’
    • ‘The overall presentation is straightforward, the placing and lighting are thoughtful and judicious.’
    • ‘This judicious selection means less than 200 garments worldwide will be produced.’
    • ‘He stressed, however, pressure, if any, must be applied in a judicious way and only when appropriate.’
    • ‘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 interests, in one's best interests
    smart, savvy
    argute, sapient
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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


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