Definition of adjudicate in English:



  • 1 Make a formal judgement on a disputed matter.

    ‘the Committee adjudicates on all betting disputes’
    [with object] ‘the case was adjudicated in the High Court’
    • ‘The report said the remainder of claims relate to electronically held stock and the fate of these claims cannot be resolved until the High Court adjudicates on applications made by the company director.’
    • ‘However, it remains to be seen whether the Taxing Master, who adjudicates on legal costs, would approve a bill this size.’
    • ‘The GTC registers all qualified teachers working in state schools and holds disciplinary hearings and adjudicates on matters of conduct and professional incompetence.’
    • ‘One of your gripes is the length of time they take to adjudicate on disciplinary matters.’
    • ‘The important point is that the High Court in London will adjudicate on this matter.’
    • ‘She said these were the State agencies with the necessary expertise required to adjudicate on these matters.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court in America adjudicates on acts passed through the political system by Congress and President.’
    • ‘How could a court ever adjudicate between a legislature's claim that a particular exercise of liberty is ‘immoral’ and a defendant's contrary claim that it is not?’
    • ‘If Merricks adjudicates on such a case and finds against the company, provided the policyholder is happy with the outcome, the firm must pay the compensation ordered, up to £100,000.’
    • ‘Their decision is final but they cannot adjudicate in matters relating to any authority for which they have worked during the past ten years.’
    • ‘In this case as in most planning applications, the board was always going to adjudicate on the matter,’ he stressed.’
    • ‘By the time the panel of academics who adjudicate on such matters in the States have had their final say on the matter, the world will be preoccupied with other things.’
    • ‘Where it considers it appropriate, the court may dismiss the claim or take any shortcomings into account when it adjudicates on the issue of costs.’
    • ‘A case tribunal which adjudicates on any matter must decide whether or not any person has failed to comply with the code of conduct of the relevant authority concerned.’
    • ‘‘No court in the world has the right, moral or legal, to adjudicate on a matter of conscience.’’
    • ‘However, Ms Irvine warned that it was too easy for the Commission to believe ‘its foremost function is to adjudicate between a complainant and respondent.’’
    • ‘The board is currently adjudicating on 300 formal complaints made against landlords and tenants.’
    • ‘People who believe they have shares tied up in the company will have to wait until High Court-appointed liquidator Tom Grace adjudicates on their claims.’
    • ‘The committee will adjudicate on the matters at issue.’
    • ‘For one thing, a judge of the Allahabad High Court wanted to use archaeology as a means to adjudicate upon a dispute concerning property rights.’
    1. 1.1Act as a judge in a competition.
      ‘we asked him to adjudicate at the local flower show’
      • ‘Judges are ranked by the level of competition they adjudicate: amateurs, pros, national, or international championships.’
      • ‘All referees adjudicating at the international level have many years of experience, and those referees adjudicating at FIFA tournaments are regularly assessed on their performances.’
      • ‘The competition which was adjudicated by the Guild of Food Writers saw Dun Luain win the awards for their range of poultry products manufactured at their Dunlavin factory.’
      • ‘John Hughes told a parent after the competition that in all his years adjudicating he has never awarded full marks before.’
      • ‘Local children who competed had their posters adjudicated on at the recent Charleville Agricultural Show.’
      • ‘Five independent judges will adjudicate the event.’
      • ‘But domestically, she hopes to see Namibian judges adjudicating at competitions such as the Gecko Award, an award given for exceptional advertising and promotion in the communications industry.’
      • ‘This year Bealtaine has launched a short story competition which will be adjudicated by the eminent writer and editor David Marcus.’
      • ‘The competition organisers would like to extend a sincere thank you to the judges who adjudicated all the entries.’
      • ‘He is also regularly invited to adjudicate at choral competitions including the 2002 Sainsbury's Choir of the Year Competition.’
      • ‘Those judging artistic impression look for creativity and flair in the routine and, rather than breaking down performance as the technical judges do, they adjudicate on the overall feel.’
      • ‘The Best Traditional Dress / Costume competition was adjudicated in the early afternoon and the winner of the Children's section was Naomi Tully, Garrafrauns.’
      • ‘The show's three judges will not adjudicate at these initial auditions but will do so for the estimated 80 shortlisted artists that make it through to the second round auditions at Garter Lane the following day.’
      • ‘She frequently adjudicates local and regional competitions and National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions.’
      • ‘His involvement in music has been far and wide and includes teaching and adjudicating at festivals and young musicians' competitions as well as working as a university examiner.’
      • ‘He said while there was a carnival atmosphere in the showgrounds there was also some very serious competitions to be adjudicated on.’
      • ‘This involves training judges to adjudicate at aerobatic competitions as well as working with pilots to perfect their displays.’
      • ‘He has produced and presented television and radio programmes about music, adjudicated at many music competitions and festivals, and is a former chairman of the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago.’
      • ‘Ms. Fitzpatrick herself gave mention to Mr. Dalton and thanked all the judges for their help in adjudicating the competition.’
      • ‘Some of the Constitutional Court judges themselves took part in adjudicating the competing entries.’
      judge, adjudge, try, hear, examine, arbitrate, decide on, decide, settle, resolve, determine, pronounce on, give a ruling on, sit in judgement on, pass judgement on, give a verdict on, make a ruling on
      referee, umpire
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    2. 1.2[with object and complement]Pronounce or declare judicially.
      ‘he was adjudicated bankrupt’
      • ‘Sec. 8103 is limited to people who are adjudicated by a court to be dangers to themselves or others, or as sex offenders.’
      • ‘The principle of an oral hearing being adjudicated by a EPA staff member has been adjudicated by the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘In other words it only adjudicates cases where national prosecutorial or judicial authorities are unable or unwilling to deal with a case.’
      • ‘It was not until the director was himself on the point of being adjudicated bankrupt that the ‘party line’ changed to an assertion that the company owned the intellectual property rights.’
      • ‘This is an urgent application brought to the Supreme Court in terms of our declaration of rights, and it still hasn't been adjudicated on.’
      • ‘With curiosity as motivation, I've been following the many and varied lawsuits being adjudicated against the company.’
      • ‘According to the Welfare Commissioner, 10, 29,254 claims were adjudicated till 1999 and in 5, 66,786 cases, compensation was given.’
      • ‘This ballot was just adjudicated as a legal ballot.’
      • ‘Only the judicial system can properly adjudicate criminal guilt.’
      • ‘On 3 February 1992 he was adjudicated bankrupt on his own petition.’
      • ‘Under article III of the Constitution, the Federal judiciary has the power to adjudicate cases arising under the laws of the United States.’
      • ‘It was never conceived as a legal doctrine that could be argued or adjudicated by any court, so it's hardly surprising that terra nullius was such an obscure concept.’
      • ‘The youth, of Rostraver Township was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court and placed in a residential program.’
      • ‘The difficulty of it, John, is the fact that the criminal isn't a criminal until he's adjudicated a criminal.’
      • ‘He says the Justice Department is wrong, this case should be adjudicated by a family court and the boy should stay.’
      • ‘After its act of bankruptcy, but before it was adjudicated bankrupt, one of the partners in the firm drew three cheques totalling £11,700 on the partnership account and gave them to his wife.’
      • ‘First, Chapter III speaks of matters being adjudicated judicially, thus, according to law.’
      • ‘Each refugee claim has to be adjudicated on its own merits.’
      • ‘A new provision provides that the regulations do not apply where the outgoing employer is subject to proceedings whereby he may be adjudicated bankrupt or wound up for reasons of insolvency by order of the High Court.’
      • ‘His explanation to MPs is unlikely to happen until the compensation case brought by shareholders is adjudicated in October.’
      announce, proclaim, declare, rule, decree, ordain, lay down, affirm, assert, state, judge
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Early 18th century (in the sense ‘award judicially’): from Latin adjudicat- awarded judicially, from the verb adjudicare (see adjudge). The noun adjudication (as a Scots legal term) dates from the early 17th century.