judicature


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Judicature \Ju"di*ca*ture\ (?; 135), n. [F., fr. LL.
   judicatura.]
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   1. The state or profession of those employed in the
      administration of justice; also, the dispensing or
      administration of justice.
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            The honor of the judges in their judicature is the
            king's honor.                         --Bacon.
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   2. A court of justice; a judicatory. --South.
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   3. The right of judicial action; jurisdiction; extent
      jurisdiction of a judge or court.
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            Our Savior disputes not here the judicature, for
            that was not his office, but the morality, of
            divorce.                              --Milton.
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