res judicata

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rēs (thing, matter, affair) iūdicata, past participle of iūdico (judge)

Noun[edit]

res judicata (plural res judicatae)

  1. (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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