Judicious is the Weekly Word: What’s your alternative meaning?

The word I’ve chosen this week is Judicious, I came across in a leaflet I was reading whilst waiting at the dentist and it stuck in my mind, rather like the dentists tools sticking in my teeth. It is also a word I like to think suits me, although in fairness I think I’m probably less judicious than I could be in most matters that are practical.

Anyway, my alternative meaning for the word Judicious is ‘an informant to those in authority‘ (can you guess why I made this my alternative meaning?) and now, what would yours be?

This week’s word is JUDICIOUS, it is an ADJECTIVE and is pronounced ‘joo-dish-uss’

The word Judicious means some who exercises great judgment when it comes to taking action or making decisions. They are typically sensible and well-advised (see, nothing like me at all …!).
Examples of the word Judicious
  • The best essays are written through a combination of judicious references to authoritative works and interpretative skills
  • The judicious application of carrot and stick works wonders when teaching alternative behaviour patterns.

Origins of the word Judicious

The first known use of the word Judicious was between 1590–1600.It derives from the latin jūdici (judgment).

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Words you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word


  1. I think that’s what I love about words in general, the way they sound to us often defines their meaning in some strange way, and that of course is dependent on our other associations with similar things; you often get it with people’s names too, as I will make assumptions about people called some names based on past experiences … as you say ‘weird’ 🙂

  2. Judicious has always had a negative connotation for me. I’ve no idea how that happened, because the definitions you give don’t seem in any way negative. My understanding and use of the word has been in relation to people who are equal to others, but presume themselves able to stand in judgement of behaviours and opinions of those others. This would be quite different to how I use and perceive the word “Judicial”. Weird 🙂

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