- The definition of adjudicate is the act of making a judgment regarding a person or about a situation, most often in a courtroom.
An example of adjudicate is the judges on the Supreme Court issuing a ruling on whether a law is Constitutional.
transitive verbadjudicated, adjudicating
Origin of adjudicate; from Classical Latin adjudicatus, past participle of adjudicare: see adjudge
verbad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing, ad·ju·di·cates
- To make a decision (in a legal case or proceeding), as where a judge or arbitrator rules on some disputed issue or claim between the parties.
- To study and settle (a dispute or conflict): The principal adjudicated the students' quarrel.
- To act as a judge of (a contest or an aspect of a contest).
- To make a decision in a legal case or proceeding: a judge adjudicating on land claims.
- To study and settle a dispute or conflict.
- To act as a judge of a contest.
Origin of adjudicateLatin adiūdicāre, adiūdicāt-, to award to (judicially) : ad-, ad- + iūdicāre, to judge (from iūdex, judge; see judge).
(third-person singular simple present adjudicates, present participle adjudicating, simple past and past participle adjudicated)