Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adjudicated issue that cannot be relitigated.

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  • n. An issue that is before a court, has already been decided by another court, and that therefore must be dismissed by the current court.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a thing adjudicated; a matter no longer open to controversy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a matter already settled in court; cannot be raised again

Etymologies

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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