Adjudicate



to pronounce or decree by judicial sentence.
to settle or determine (an issue or dispute) judicially.
to sit in judgment (usually followed by upon).
Contemporary Examples

First, Congress should eliminate the power of federal courts to adjudicate separation of powers cases.
After Health-Care Ruling, Time to Reconsider Supreme Court’s Power David R. Dow July 7, 2012

Inevitably, this put him at odds with the way we live—and adjudicate—now.
A Justice With Boundaries Tunku Varadarajan April 8, 2010

Mexico has comparable federal bureaucratic structures, as well as an independent Electoral Tribunal to adjudicate disputes.
Too Soon For 2016! How To End Our Endless Presidential Election Season Raymond A. Smith January 25, 2013

With the war having destroyed the judicial system, Syrians seek out members of ISIS to adjudicate disputes.
How U.S. Strikes on Syria Help al Qaeda Barak Barfi August 27, 2013

The folks from RecordSetter.com were there, the hosts told the hopeful twerkers, to adjudicate and certify the world record.
Scandal in Twerktown: Big Freedia’s Twerking World Record Challenged Brian Ries September 25, 2013

Historical Examples

Too often he was a man of no better education than the mass of litigants upon whose causes he was called to adjudicate.
Law and Laughter George Alexander Morton

Whereupon three justices were appointed to adjudicate upon the case.
The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt

It will be observed that the king does not hear the cause or adjudicate upon it.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9 Various

They are not proceedings in which this Court can adjudicate on the causes of the disaster.
Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan Wallace McMullin, and Sir Edward Somers

The magistrate holding a commission was to attend to the legal duties and adjudicate all suits in connection therewith.
The Audiencia in the Spanish Colonies Charles Henry Cunningham

verb
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
v.

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

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