Simple Definition of adjudicate
: to make an official decision about who is right in a dispute
Examples of adjudicate in a sentence
The board will adjudicate claims made against teachers.
The case was adjudicated in the state courts.
The board will adjudicate when claims are made against teachers.
Did You Know?
Adjudicate is one of several terms that give testimony to the influence of jus, the Latin word for "law," on our legal language. Adjudicate is from the Latin verb adjudicare, from judicare, meaning "to judge," which, in turn, traces to the Latin noun judex, meaning "judge." English has other judex words, such as judgment, judicial, judiciary, and prejudice. If we admit further evidence, we discover that the root of judex is jus, the word for "law." What's the verdict? Latin law words frequently preside in English-speaking courtrooms. In addition to the judex words, jury, justice, injury, and perjury are all ultimately from Latin jus.
First Known Use of adjudicate
Legal Definition of adjudicate
1 : to settle either finally or temporarily (the rights and duties of the parties to a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding) on the merits of the issues raised
2 : to pass judgment on as a judge : settle judicially
3 : to pronounce judicially to be <was adjudicated a bankrupt> <was adjudicated the child's father>
4 : to convey by judicial sale
: to come to a judicial decision : act as judge <the court adjudicated upon the case>
adjudication\ə-ˌjü-di-ˈkā-shən\ play noun
adjudicative\ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-\ noun
adjudicator\-ˌkā-tər\ play noun
Origin and Etymology of adjudicate
Latin adjudicare to award in judgment, from ad to, for + judicare to judge — see judge
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