noun (plural res judicatae /ˌjo͞odiˈkätē/ /-tī/)Law
A matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court and may not be pursued further by the same parties.
- The effect of this judgment was that the validity of the patent was for the purposes of the inquiry res judicata as between the parties to the action.
- The Federal Magistrate considered that the matter was res judicata by reason of the previous application to the Federal Court, and dismissed the application.
- The doctrine of res judicata prevents the retrial of judicially settled issues and asserts the finality of judges' decisions.
Latin, literally 'judged matter'.
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