noun (plural res judicatae /ˌdʒuːdɪˈkɑːtʌɪ, ˌdʒuːdɪˈkɑːtiː/)Law
- A matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court and therefore may not be pursued further by the same parties.More example sentences
- 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'.
More definitions of res judicataDefinition of res judicata in:
- The US English dictionary