If you're judicious, you've got a good head on your shoulders and make good decisions. Humpty Dumpty's decision to sit on a wall? NOT judicious.

As its sound implies, judicious comes from the same Latin word from which we get judge and judiciary, and not surprisingly a judicious decision is one that only comes after all sides have been weighed up and opposing points of view taken into consideration. Judicious decisions are never split-second decisions.

Definitions of judicious
  1. adjective
    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
    judicious use of one's money”
    synonyms: heady, wise
    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment
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