from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The principle that a decision by a competent court in a case fully and fairly litigated is final and conclusive as to the claims and issues of the parties and cannot be relitigated.
- noun A claim or issue that has been decided under this principle.
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- noun law An issue that is before a court, has already been decided by another court, and that therefore must be dismissed by the current court.
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- noun a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin rēs iūdicāta, thing decided : rēs, thing + iūdicāta, feminine past participle of iūdicāre, to judge.]
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From Latin rēs ("thing, matter, affair") iūdicata, past participle of iūdico ("judge")
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Res judicata: The first is the claim that this case is barred by res judicata from the first case being dismissed with prejudice.
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