Adjudicate Definition

adjudicated, adjudicates, adjudicating
adjudicated, adjudicates, adjudicating
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.
American Heritage
To hear and decide (a case); adjudge.
Webster's New World
To serve as a judge (in or on a dispute or problem)
Webster's New World
To study and settle (a dispute or conflict).
The principal adjudicated the students' quarrel.
American Heritage
To act as a judge of (a contest or an aspect of a contest).
American Heritage

Origin of Adjudicate

  • Latin adiūdicāre adiūdicāt- to award to (judicially) ad- ad- iūdicāre to judge (from iūdex judge judge)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin adiūdicō, from ad + iūdicō (“to judge”).

    From Wiktionary

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