ad·​ju·​di·​ca·​tion | \ ə-ˌjü-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce adjudication (audio) \

Definition of adjudication

1 : the act or process of adjudicating a dispute The case is under adjudication.
2a : a judicial decision or sentence
b : a decree in bankruptcy

Examples of adjudication in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officials say the boy is being detained at Conway until a decision is made whether to criminally charge him as an adult or to proceed with a juvenile adjudication process. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 8 June 2022 The case will either head to adjudication, or the pre-trial detention period could be extended for another period of months. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2022 His office is home to a tent processing center where more than 600 immigrants have been arrested on state trespassing charges and sent to a special state prison unit to await adjudication. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 To circumvent the pileup of more than a million immigration court cases, Biden's proposal shifts adjudication for new asylum claims from immigration judges to asylum officers, Buzzfeed reports. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 28 May 2021 In what may be an indication of the issues at stake, one of Dr. Comaroff’s lawyers, Janet Halley, a prominent feminist law professor at Harvard, has been a critic of the adjudication of Title IX cases for lacking due process. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 So please do not confuse the documents that's been prepared with any kind of final adjudication. Ashton Eley, Arkansas Online, 18 Sep. 2021 Pillsbury didn’t need to prove that the Senators actually influenced the outcome of the FTC adjudication. Glenn G. Lammi, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 If a defendant who is at least 16 years old was previously found to have committed a crime as a juvenile — called an adjudication — that can also be considered a strike. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of adjudication

1680, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adjudication

borrowed from Latin adjūdicātiōn-, adjūdicātiō "act of assignment (by a judge)," from adjūdicāre "to adjudge" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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16 Jun 2022

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“Adjudication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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