ad·​ju·​di·​ca·​tion | \ə-ˌjü-di-ˈkā-shən \

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

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If no payment is received within 60 days, the ticket would be turned over to the Sandy Springs Police Department for adjudication. David Ibata, ajc, "Sandy Springs sets parking fines at City Springs," 29 May 2018 The current adjudication system has been overwhelmed — both the asylum officers in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the immigration judges in the Department of Justice (DOJ). David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 A week later, the Justice Department’s complaints adjudication division ruled in Quindley’s favor. Neil Weinberg,, "Federal Employees Face Hurdles Pursuing Sexual Harassment Claims," 13 June 2018 She was placed on deferred adjudication, a form of probation, from which she was dismissed early in May 2017. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Prominent S.A. businesswoman with ties to Spurs, LaHood had DWI charge dismissed by DA office," 11 May 2018 Other arrests included a 2008 misdemeanor marijuana charge, for which adjudication was withheld, a 2008 misdemeanor loitering charge, which was dropped, and a 2012 misdemeanor domestic battery charge, which also was dropped. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "Felony drug defendant tells Miami judge he works caring for kids seized at border," 21 June 2018 Ross, 52, bounced back from pleading guilty to a charge of making a false insurance claim in 2015 — adjudication was withheld by a judge and there was no formal conviction — to run Trump’s campaign in the county a year later. Steven Lemongello,, "Lines being drawn in fight to succeed longtime Orange GOP chair," 9 June 2018 Enforcement The commission recommended harsher penalties for rule-breakers and that the NCAA outsource the investigation and adjudication of the most serious infractions cases. CBS News, "Commission on College Basketball says ban NCAA cheats, end "one-and-done": AP," 25 Apr. 2018 From 1998 to 2014, the FBI rejected 16,669 potential gun buyers because a background check found a mental health adjudication, about 1.4% of the roughly 1.2 million background checks that resulted in a denial. Anita Wadhwani, USA TODAY, "History of red flags didn't keep guns out of hands of Waffle House shooting suspect," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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