Legal Definition and Related Resources of Award

Meaning of Award

The determination or decision of a tribunal or court on the matter in controversy before same. grant , adjudge .

Award Alternative Definition

(Law. Lat. awarda, atvardum; old French, agarda, from a garder). To keep, preserve; to be guarded, or kept. So called because it is imposed on the parties to be observed or kept by them. Spelman. The judgment, or decision of arbitrators or referees on a matter submitted to them.’ The writing containing such judgment. Cowell; Termes de la Ley; 3 Bouv. Inst, note 2402.

Synonyms of Award


  • act ofjudgment
  • action
  • adjudgment
  • adjudication
  • authoritative decision
  • decision
  • decree
  • determination
  • edict
  • finding
  • grant
  • judication
  • judicial decision
  • judicial sentence
  • opinion
  • order
  • order of the court
  • pronouncement
  • pronouncement by a court
  • recorded expression of a formal judgment
  • resolution
  • result
  • ruling
  • ruling of the court
  • verdict
  • warrant
  • Associated Concepts: arbitration and award
  • award of damages
  • compensatory award
  • confirmation of an award
  • monetary award
  • punitive award

Synonyms of Award


  • acton
  • addicere
  • adiudicare
  • adjudge
  • adjudge to be due
  • adjudicate
  • bestow by judicial decree
  • bring in a verdict
  • conclude
  • decide
  • decree
  • decree by deliberate judgment
  • decree to be merited
  • deliverjudgment
  • determine
  • establish
  • find
  • fix
  • ordain
  • order
  • pass judgment
  • pass sentence
  • pass upon
  • pronounce
  • pronounce judgment
  • pronounce on
  • rule
  • settle

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Award in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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English Legal System: Award

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Award :

See arbitratio

Concept of Award in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Award: In condemnation, the amount paid for the property taken.

Concept of Award in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Award: In condemnation, the amount paid for the property taken.


This term is a verb.

Etimology of Award

(You may find award at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

late 14c., “decide after careful observation,” from Anglo-French awarder, from Old North French eswarder (Old French esgarder) “decide, judge, give one’s opinion” (after careful consideration), from es- “out” (see ex-) + warder “to watch,” a word from Germanic (see ward; this term is also a noun.). Related: Awarded; awarding.

Award in Maritime Law

Note: There is more information on maritime/admiralty law here.

The following is a definition of Award, produced by Tetley, in the context of admiralty law: The arbitral award (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary) which embodies the decision of an arbitral tribunal (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary). See the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985 (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary), arts. 28-36. See also the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (see UNCITRAL, (see this legal term in this law dictionary)), art.
31, and the New York Convention 1958 (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary), art. I(2). The term “award” is also used to designate the decision of arbitrators determining the quantum of a salvage reward (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary) and ordering the payment of that reward to the salvor(s). See the Salvage Convention 1989 (see this maritime law term in this legal dictionary), art. 26. See also Tetley, Int’l M. & A. L., 2003 at pp. 347-352.

Award in Admiralty Law

For information on award in this context, see the entry on award in the maritime law encyclopedia.



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