adjudicate

verb
ad·​ju·​di·​cate | \ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkāt \
adjudicated; adjudicating

Definition of adjudicate 

transitive verb

: to make an official decision about who is right in (a dispute) : to settle judicially The school board will adjudicate claims made against teachers.

intransitive verb

: to act as judge The court can adjudicate on this dispute.

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Other Words from adjudicate

adjudicative \-​ˌkā-​tiv, -​kə-​ \ adjective
adjudicator \-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun
adjudicatory \-​ˈjü-​di-​kə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ adjective

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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.

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.
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Facebook will create an independent oversight body to adjudicate appeals on content moderation issues, the company said today. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook will create an independent oversight group to review content moderation appeals," 15 Nov. 2018 One of the ongoing cases that the Louisiana prosecutor relies on is United States v. Spencer, a child pornography case currently being adjudicated by the federal court in San Francisco. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone’s passcode in fatal hazing case," 24 Aug. 2018 Right now, the only thing saving them is a court order from a California judge preventing the government from deporting reunified families while children’s asylum claims are adjudicated. Dara Lind, Vox, "Exclusive: new lawsuit claims Trump illegally denied asylum claims of separated parents," 20 Aug. 2018 In 2017 consular officers adjudicated more than 13 million nonimmigrant visa applications. Dave Seminara, WSJ, "Constitutional Ways to Curb ‘Birth Tourism’," 11 Nov. 2018 And that is a recipe for crisis: The system depends on everyone having faith in the Supreme Court adjudicating partisan disputes. Kay Steiger, Vox, "8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Sais had been practicing law for 20 years and in 2015 began working on the side as a municipal judge, adjudicating minor infractions for about $135 a week. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ex-Tijuana judge says money woes led to cocaine smuggling," 3 July 2018 The bearded-seal case adjudicated the same issues, and the court is bound by that precedent, the appeals court said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Court approves threatened-species status for ringed seals in Alaska," 13 Feb. 2018 The new proposal will require that asylum cases are adjudicated within 14 days, new temporary shelters and an increase in the number of immigration judges. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Washington D.C. Residents File $1 Billion Lawsuit For Gentrification," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of adjudicate

circa 1695, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for adjudicate

borrowed from Latin adjūdicātus, past participle of adjūdicāre "to adjudge"

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adjudicate

verb
ad·​ju·​di·​cate | \ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkāt \
adjudicated; adjudicating

Legal Definition of adjudicate 

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to come to a judicial decision : act as judge the court adjudicated upon the case

Other Words from adjudicate

adjudication \ə-​ˌjü-​di-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun
adjudicative \ə-​ˈjü-​di-​ˌkā-​tiv, -​kə-​ \ noun
adjudicator \-​ˌkā-​tər \ noun

History and Etymology for adjudicate

Latin adjudicare to award in judgment, from ad to, for + judicare to judge — see judge

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