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res judicata

[reez joo-di-key-tuh, reys] /ˈriz ˌdʒu dɪˈkeɪ tə, ˈreɪs/
noun, Law.
1.
a thing adjudicated; a case that has been decided.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; < Latin
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res judicata

/ˈreɪs ˌdʒuːdɪˈkɑːtə/
noun
1.
(law) a matter already adjudicated upon that cannot be raised again
Word Origin
Latin
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n.

Latin, "a point decided by competent authority."

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Encyclopedia Article for res judicata

(Latin: "a thing adjudged"), a thing or matter that has been finally juridically decided on its merits and cannot be litigated again between the same parties. The term is often used in reference to the maxim that repeated reexamination of adjudicated disputes is not in any society's interest

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