judicial, judicious
These two words, both derived from the Latin word judex meaning ‘judge’, are easily confused although their current meanings are distinct. Judicial means ‘relating to judges or legal processes’ (a judicial inquiry / a judicial review / judicial proceedings / a judicial separation), whereas judicious means ‘sensible, prudent; sound in judgement’ in general contexts (judicious use of time / a judicious assessment / a judicious selection). A judicial decision made by a judge is one in accordance with the law, whereas a judicious decision (whether made by a judge or some other person) is one that is wise and discerning when all factors are taken into account.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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