You Be the Judge: Jud, Jur, Jus

Practice these words that contain the Latin roots jud, jur, and jus, meaning "law" or "justice."

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  1. abjure
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
    In a sober ceremony, the Mexica abjured their old religion and embraced Christianity.1491
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. 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
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. jurisdiction
    the territory within which power can be exercised
    Judge Roth had claimed jurisdiction over the entire “metropolitan area.”Middlesex: A Novel
  12. 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)
  13. 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
  14. just
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
  15. justice
    the quality of being just or fair
    The conviction “shows that those who corrupt the market will ultimately be brought to justice.”Washington Post (Aug 4, 2017)
  16. justification
    the act of defending or explaining by reasoning
    Humanity’s deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest.A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
  17. justify
    show to be right by providing proof
    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
  18. perjury
    criminal offense of making false statements under oath
    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)
  19. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
    Should we try to change society by reducing prejudice, that is, by getting people to like one another?The Sense of Style
  20. prejudiced
    showing bias or bigotry or influenced by preconceived ideas
    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)

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