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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An independent expert was called in to adjudicate.
▪ It took over two months for our case to be adjudicated.
▪ Mrs. Hendricks adjudicated at all the regional music competitions.
▪ The World Court adjudicates boundary disputes and commercial claims.
▪ A $ 1 million lawsuit, with amusing sidelights and important ramifications for the federal budget debate, must be adjudicated.
▪ As difficult as these issues are, they have to be adjudicated.
▪ Besides identifying the individuals who are to adjudicate, such rules will also define the procedure to be followed.
▪ I have been asked to adjudicate the matter.
▪ If a furnished tenancy exists the tribunal may adjudicate on the rent.
▪ Luther himself knew well what methodologically he was doing and what was necessary: that he needed to order and adjudicate.
▪ The Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs at least be granted stays of deportation until lower courts had adjudicated their cases.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Adjudicate \Ad*ju"di*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjudicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjudicating] [L. adjudicatus, p. p. of adjudicare. See Adjudge.] To adjudge; to try and determine, as a court; to settle by judicial decree.


Adjudicate \Ad*ju"di*cate\, v. i. To come to a judicial decision; as, the court adjudicated upon the case.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1700, from Latin adiudicatus, past participle of adiudicare (see adjudge). Related: Adjudicated; adjudicating.


vb. 1 To settle a legal case or other dispute. 2 To act as a judge.

  1. v. put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in separate trials" [syn: judge, try]

  2. bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance" [syn: decide, settle, resolve]

Usage examples of "adjudicate".

Congress has not acted upon it and the Courts have had no occasion to adjudicate the point.

Nevada, in the absence of acquiring jurisdiction over the wife, was held incapable of adjudicating the rights of the wife in the prior New York judgment awarding her alimony.

Again and again, in adjudicating the rights and duties of States admitted after 1789, the Supreme Court has referred to the condition of equality as if it were an inherent attribute of the Federal Union.

Justice Holmes to express a technical legal doctrine or to convey a formula for adjudicating cases.

Four justices agreed that political gerrymandering claims are nonjusticiable because no judicially discernible and manageable standards for adjudicating such claims exist.

The Court of Cassation also adjudicated jurisdictional conflicts between lower courts.

Also, when the matter of fact or law on which jurisdiction depends was not litigated in the original suit, it is a matter to be adjudicated in the suit founded upon the judgment.

Its chief exports, aside from a special wool, are rugged young people who want to do something other than sit in unheated castles adjudicating the squabbles of the yeomanry and planning the endless tourneys, jousts, and games that have more or less replaced the clan wars.

Surely the class which knows thoroughly well what it knows, and which adjudicates upon the value of the discoveries made by the pioneers - surely this class has as good a right or better to be called scientific than the pioneers themselves.

Thus, why not a man who knows nothing of the Deck of Dragons to adjudicate it rather than a lifelong practitioner?

Thus saving us the bloody recourse of finding a Forkrul Assail to adjudicate, and believe me, such adjudication is invariably bloody.

Perhaps we will have the opportunity to adjudicate your dreams on another occasion.

The Arkansas court order changing custody and the order adjudicating Echols a delinquent were entered three days later, on September 14.

He's worked for some years in Imperial constitutional law, with a sideline in cases adjudicated by the Commission of Public Safety.

If the supervisor does not determine that the information provided by the division is incorrect, the supervisor must remove from the registration books by the next subsequent election the name of any person who is deceased, convicted of a felony or adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting.