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res judicata

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noun res ju·di·ca·ta \ˈrēz-ˌjü-di-ˈkä-tə\

Definition of res judicata

  1. :  a matter finally decided on its merits by a court having competent jurisdiction and not subject to litigation again between the same parties



Origin of res judicata

Latin, judged matter


First Known Use: 1693

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