judicial activism - Cultural Definition
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judicial activism - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
A usually pejorative phrase implying that a judge is applying his or her own political views, rather than basing decisions on law or prior precedent.
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