Legal Definition and Related Resources of Umpire

Meaning of Umpire

One having the authority to render the final decision where two or more arbitrators are unable to agree.

Umpire Alternative Definition

A person selected by arbitrators who cannot agree as to the subject matter referred to them for the purpose of deciding the matter in dispute. His province is to determine the issue submitted to the arbitrators on which they have failed to agree and to make an award thereon, which is his sole award. Neither of the original arbitrators is required to join in the award in order to make it valid and binding on the parties. In the absence of any agreement or assent by the parties to the controversy, dispensing with a full hearing by the umpire, it is his duty to hear the whole case, and to make a distinct award thereon as the result of his judgment. He stands, in fact, in the same situation as a sole arbitrator, and he is bound to hear and determine the case in like manner as if it had been originally submitted to his determination. 75 111. 30. Sometimes the term is applied to a single arbitrator selected by the parties themselves. Kyd, Awards, 6, 75, 77; Caldwell, Abr. 38; Dane, Abr. Index; 3 Viner, Abr. 93; Comyn, Dig. “Arbitrament” (F) ; 4 Dall. (U. S.) 271, 432; 4 Scott, N. S. 378; Bouv. Inst. Index. son tort demesne. One ought not to take advantage of his own wrong. 2 And. 38. 40.

Synonyms of Umpire


  • adjudicator
  • arbiter
  • arbitrator
  • compromiser
  • disceptator
  • gobetween
  • interagent
  • intercessor
  • intermediary
  • intermediator
  • intermedium
  • intervenor
  • judge
  • mediator
  • moderator
  • peacemaker
  • reconciler
  • referee

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Umpire

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mid-14c., noumper, from Old French nonper “odd number, not even,” in reference to a third person to arbitrate between two, from non “not” (see non-) + per “equal,” from Latin par (see par). Initial -n- lost by mid-15c. due to faulty separation of a noumpere, heard as an oumpere. Originally legal, the gaming sense first recorded 1714 (in wrestling).


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