adjudicate

play
verb ad·ju·di·cate \ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkāt\

Definition of adjudicate

adjudicated

;

adjudicating

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to act as judge The court can adjudicate on this dispute.

adjudicative

play \-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-\ adjective

adjudicator

play \-ˌkā-tər\ noun

adjudicatory

play \-ˈjü-di-kə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

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Examples of adjudicate in a sentence

  1. The board will adjudicate claims made against teachers.

  2. The case was adjudicated in the state courts.

  3. The board will adjudicate when claims are made against teachers.

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.

Origin and Etymology of adjudicate

see adjudge


First Known Use: circa 1695


Law Dictionary

adjudicate

play
verb ad·ju·di·cate \ə-ˈjü-di-ˌkāt\

Legal Definition of adjudicate

adjudicated

adjudicating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to pass judgment on as a judge :  settle judicially

  4. 3 :  to pronounce judicially to be was adjudicated a bankrupt was adjudicated the child's father

  5. 4 :  to convey by judicial sale

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  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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