- 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.
Origin: ; from Classical Latin adjudicatus, past participle of adjudicare: see adjudge
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verb ad·ju·di·cat·ed, ad·ju·di·cat·ing, ad·ju·di·cates verb, transitive
- To hear and settle (a case) by judicial procedure.
- To study and settle (a dispute or conflict): The principal adjudicated our quarrel.
Origin: Latin adiūdicāre, adiūdicāt-, to award to (judicially) : ad-, ad- + iūdicāre, to judge (from iūdex, judge; see judge).
- ad·juˌdi·caˈtion noun
- ad·juˈdi·caˌtive adjective
- ad·juˈdi·caˌtor noun