What does jurist mean?

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ˈdʒʊər ɪstju·rist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jurist, legal expertnoun

    a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations

  2. judge, justice, juristnoun

    a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice


  1. juristnoun

    a judge

  2. juristnoun

    an expert in law or jurisprudence


  1. Jurist

    A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law. This person is usually a specialist legal scholar, mostly (but not always) with a formal qualification in law and often a legal practitioner. In the United Kingdom the term "jurist" is mostly used for legal academics, while in the United States the term may also be applied to a judge. With reference to Roman law, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (iurisconsultus).The English term jurist is to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, where it may be synonymous with legal professional, meaning anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for admission to the legal profession, including such positions as judge or attorney. In Germany, Scandinavia and a number of other countries jurist denotes someone with a professional law degree, and it may be a protected title, for example in Norway. Thus the term can be applied to attorneys, judges and academics, provided that they hold a qualifying professional law degree. In Germany the term "full jurist" is sometimes used informally to denote someone who has completed the two state examinations in law that qualify for practising law, to distinguish from someone who may have only the first state examination or some other form of legal qualification that doesn't qualify for practising law.


  1. jurist

    A jurist is a legal scholar, expert, or professional who studies, teaches, practices, or conducts research in law. This term generally refers to individuals who hold a law degree and is knowledgeable about the law, legal theories, processes, and systems. Jurists may include judges, attorneys, law professors, legal consultants, and others who are involved in the legal profession on a regular basis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Juristadjective

    one who professes the science of law; one versed in the law, especially in the civil law; a writer on civil and international law

  2. Etymology: [F. juriste, LL. jurista, fr. L. jus, juris, right, law. See Just, a.]


  1. Jurist

    A jurist or jurisconsult is a professional who studies, develops, applies, or otherwise deals with the law. The term is widely used in American and Canadian English, but in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries it has only historical and specialist usage. In most of continental Europe any person who possesses a degree in law and works professionally with the law is referred to with a word resembling jurist.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jurist

    jōō′rist, n. one who is versed in the science of law, esp. Roman or civil law: a civilian.—adjs. Jurist′ic, -al.—adv. Jurist′ically. [Fr. juriste.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Jurist is ranked #112568 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Jurist surname appeared 156 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Jurist.

    91.6% or 143 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 6 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jurist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jurist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of jurist in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama for appointment:

    In the meantime, the American people are going to have the ability to gauge whether the person I've nominated is well within the mainstream, is a good jurist, is somebody who's worthy to sit on the Supreme Court, i think it will be very difficult for Mr. McConnell to explain how, if the public concludes that this person's very well qualified, that the Senate should stand in the way simply for political reasons.

  2. Vice President Joe Biden:

    The Senate gets to have a say, in order to get this done, the president is not going to be able to go out, nor would it be his instinct anyway, to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court.

  3. Chief Justice John Roberts:

    He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues, his passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family.

  4. West Bank-based:

    While the commission's report is of no immediate legal effect, it may, nonetheless, pave the way for later investigations and potentially prosecutions of Israeli and Palestinian military personnel by the International Criminal Court by providing the ICC needed political cover, the fact that the commission was headed by Mary McGowan Davis, an esteemed American jurist, makes its impact all the greater, especially in the United States, where findings by U.N. bodies are regularly derided.

  5. Vice President Joe Biden:

    The Senate gets to have a say, and so in order to get this done, the President is not going to be able to go out -- nor would it be his instinct anyway -- to pick the most liberal jurist in the nation and put them on the court. There are plenty of judges on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans.

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