res judicata

res judicata

[reez joo-di-key-tuh, reys]
noun Law.
a thing adjudicated; a case that has been decided.

Origin:
1685–95; < Latin

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res judicata or res adjudicata (ˈreɪs ˌdʒuːdɪˈkɑːtə)
 
n
law a matter already adjudicated upon that cannot be raised again
 
[Latin]
 
res adjudicata or res adjudicata
 
n
 
[Latin]

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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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