Definition of adjudicate
: to make an official decision about who is right in (a dispute) : to settle judicially The school board will adjudicate claims made against teachers.
: to act as judge The court can adjudicate on this dispute.
adjudicativeplay \-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-\ adjective
adjudicatorplay \-ˌkā-tər\ noun
adjudicatoryplay \-ˈjü-di-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
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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.
Recent Examples of adjudicate from the Web
ANKARA, Turkey—A Turkish judge who adjudicates war crimes trials for the United Nations has been found guilty of terrorism by a Turkish court.
Because the case hasn’t been adjudicated yet, CMPD declined to comment Monday.
Mr. Tillerson was forced to try to adjudicate the dispute in phone calls while flying back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Barron said that investigating and adjudicating bad behavior will now be a university responsibility, rather than an inter-fraternity council responsibility.
National security is our top priority with adjudicating visa applications.
Within the zone of cooperation, the usual frictions and disagreements of international life were to be managed by rules, especially trade rules, adjudicated by neutral arbiters.
After a hearing, the National Company Law Tribunal, the body adjudicating cases under the new bankruptcy law, moved to admit the case.
This quasi-judicial agency within the Department of Justice adjudicates claims of U.S. nationals against foreign governments.
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Did You Know?
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.
Legal Definition of adjudicate
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
: to come to a judicial decision : act as judge the court adjudicated upon the case
adjudication\ə-ˌjü-di-ˈkā-shən\ play noun
adjudicative\ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-\ noun
adjudicator\-ˌkā-tər\ play noun
Origin and Etymology of adjudicate
Latin adjudicare to award in judgment, from ad to, for + judicare to judge — see judge
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