You Be the Judge: Jud, Jur, Jus – 20 Words

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

In a sober ceremony, the Mexica abjured their old religion and embraced Christianity.1491
adjudicate

hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of

He does not know how to arbitrate between owners or balance their interests, or truly adjudicate.Washington Post (Oct 24, 2016)
conjure

summon into action or bring into existence

Characters like Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba instantly conjure images of hidden treasure and desperate sword fights.Economist (Aug 15, 2017)
injury

physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident

My injuries distracted me, and my bandaged thumb made my hand slightly clumsy.The Name of the Wind
judge

an official authorized to decide questions before a court

A judge on Sunday ordered the father and son to be kept in custody.The Guardian (Aug 22, 2017)
judgment

the act of assessing a person or situation or event

His judgments were strict and fair, and none could sway him through falsehood or dissembling.The Name of the Wind
judgmental

relating to an assessment of a person, situation, or event

Have the courage to discuss opposing ideas without being judgmental.Los Angeles Times (Nov 4, 2016)
judicial

expressing careful judgment

Nothing is lacking: official reports, affidavits of well-known people, of surgeons, of priests, of magistrates; the judicial proof is most complete.Twilight
judiciary

the system of law courts that administer justice

When either the states or the national government thinks the other is overstepping its authority, it turns to the judiciary, which serves as a referee.Salon (Apr 2, 2017)
judicious

marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters

Be judicious with your budget and buy things that are going to last.Washington Post (Sep 22, 2016)
jurisdiction

the territory within which power can be exercised

Judge Roth had claimed jurisdiction over the entire “metropolitan area.”Middlesex: A Novel
jurisprudence

the branch of philosophy concerned with the law

As I’ve explained, the right to counsel is such a bedrock principle of American jurisprudence that it predates the Constitution.Slate (Oct 4, 2016)
jury

a body of citizens sworn to give a verdict in a court of law

Wes peered over at the jury: six men and six women.The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
just

fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience

The conviction “shows that those who corrupt the market will ultimately be brought to justice.”Washington Post (Aug 4, 2017)
justice

the quality of being just or fair

Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest.A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
justification

the act of defending or explaining by reasoning

In many global industries now, you have got to justify your job every day with the value you create and the unique skills you contribute.The World Is Flat
justify

show to be right by providing proof

She was then charged with perjury because she willingly spoke falsely “regarding a material matter while under oath,” according to a copy of her warrant.Washington Post (Jan 12, 2015)
perjury

criminal offense of making false statements under oath

Should we try to change society by reducing prejudice, that is, by getting people to like one another?The Sense of Style
prejudice

a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue

I try to show them that it’s worth fighting prejudiced assumptions about people, even when they’re deeply ingrained in our culture.Time (Jan 20, 2016)
prejudiced

showing bias or bigotry or influenced by preconceived ideas
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