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

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As the leader of this year’s jury, Ramsay-Levi had the task of assembling a cast of jurors and leading them not only in adjudication, but also in activities. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the Festival d’Hyères With Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi," 1 May 2019 Ginsburg has modified her judicial wardrobe over the years with a polite, yet effective hand, mirroring her careful adjudication style (she is known for her meticulous dissents). Marley Marius, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsberg! An Ode to the Supreme Court Justice and Her Iconic Accessorizing," 15 Mar. 2019 Her adjudication court hearing is July 19, police said. Todd Shields,, "South Barrington police: Man charged with unlawful weapon use," 9 July 2018 But Planned Parenthood has leapfrogged state adjudication by recruiting plaintiffs to sue in federal court to vindicate their putative right to their preferred provider. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Behind the Supreme Court’s Dodge," 12 Dec. 2018 Yet very few — just 22 percent — were picked up by police, and only a small share of those have experienced formal adjudication for their crimes. Vesla Mae Weaver, Vox, "The Kavanaugh hearings show who we afford a second chance and who we don’t," 28 Sep. 2018 But on Tuesday Trump appeared to reject a central piece of Cruz’s proposal: doubling the number of immigration judges to clear the backlog of cases that has slowed adjudication of cases and exacerbated the crisis. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans in Congress Search for an Immigration Bill to End Border Crisis," 20 June 2018 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

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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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