res judicata

[reez joo-di-key-tuh, reys]

noun Law.

a thing adjudicated; a case that has been decided.

Origin of res judicata

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1685–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for res judicata

res judicata

res adjudicata


law a matter already adjudicated upon that cannot be raised again

Word Origin for res judicata

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for res judicata

Latin, "a point decided by competent authority."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper