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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ju•di•ci•ar•y /dʒuˈdɪʃiˌɛri, -ˈdɪʃəri/USA pronunciation   n., pl. -ar•ies, adj. 

n. [countable;
usually singular;
often: the + ~]
  1. Governmentthe judicial branch of government.
  2. Governmentthe system of courts of justice in a country.
  3. Governmentjudges thought of as a group.

adj. 
  1. Governmentrelating to the judicial branch or system or to judges:the judiciary functions of the Supreme Court.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ju•di•ci•ar•y  ( jo̅o̅ dishē er′ē, -dishə rē), 
n., pl. -ar•ies, adj. 

n. 
  1. Governmentthe judicial branch of government.
  2. Governmentthe system of courts of justice in a country.
  3. Governmentjudges collectively.

adj. 
  1. Governmentpertaining to the judicial branch or system or to judges.
Etymology:
  • Latin jūdiciārius of the law courts, equivalent. to jūdici(um) judgment (see judge) + -ārius -ary
  • origin, originally adjective, adjectival 1580–90
ju•dici•ar′i•ly, adv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

judiciary /dʒuːˈdɪʃɪərɪ -ˈdɪʃərɪ/ adj
  1. of or relating to courts of law, judgment, or judges
n ( pl -aries)
  1. the branch of the central authority in a state concerned with the administration of justice
  2. the system of courts in a country
  3. the judges collectively; bench



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