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[uh-joo-di-keyt] /əˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), adjudicated, adjudicating.
to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.
verb (used without object), adjudicated, adjudicating.
to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).
Origin of adjudicate
1690-1700; < Latin adjūdicātus (past participle of adjūdicāre). See ad-, judge, -ate1
Related forms
[uh-joo-di-key-tiv, ‐kuh-tiv] /əˈdʒu dɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ‐kə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
[uh-joo-di-kuh-tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee] /əˈdʒu dɪ kəˌtɔr i, ‐ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjudicator, noun
misadjudicated, adjective
nonadjudicated, adjective
nonadjudicative, adjective
nonadjudicatively, adverb
readjudicate, verb, readjudicated, readjudicating.
unadjudicated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adjudicate
  • The judge has some discretion in how to adjudicate the case, legal experts said.
  • They then participate in a mock trial to adjudicate the fairness of the new policy.
  • If these fail to resolve the dispute, the complaining government can ask for a panel of trade officials to adjudicate.
  • Such a commission could also investigate as well as adjudicate.
  • If the working groups cannot agree, consultants are called in to help adjudicate.
  • Safety is easier to measure than fairness: doctors and scientists adjudicate on such matters all the time.
  • And make it clear when talking to him that you are not there to take his side or to adjudicate the breakup.
  • Many of the charges are spurious, but they are costly to adjudicate nonetheless.
  • Fate, unfortunately, does not adjudicate on fairness.
  • The complaint commission must adjudicate all challenges.
British Dictionary definitions for adjudicate


when intr, usually foll by upon. to give a decision (on), esp a formal or binding one
(intransitive) to act as an adjudicator
(transitive) (chess) to determine the likely result of (a game) by counting relative value of pieces, positional strength, etc
(intransitive) to serve as a judge or arbiter, as in a competition
Derived Forms
adjudication, noun
adjudicative (əˈdʒuːdɪkətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin adjūdicāre to award something to someone, from ad- to + jūdicāre to act as a judge, from jūdex judge
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Word Origin and History for adjudicate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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