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Definitions of precedent

  1. an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. preceding in time, order, or significance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. A judicial decision which serves as a rule for future determinations in similar or analogous cases; an authority to be followed in courts of justice; forms of proceeding to be followed in similar cases. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. A legal principle or rule created by one or more decisions of a state or federal appellate court. These rules provide a point of reference or authority for judges deciding similar issues in later cases. Lower courts must apply these rules when faced with similar legal issues. For example, if the Montana Supreme Court decides that a certain type of employment contract overly restricts the right of the employee to quit and get another job, all other Montana courts must apply this same rule.
  13. Something previously said or done that may serve as an example to be followed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Going before: anterior. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. PRECEDENTLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. That which may serve as an example or rule in the future: a parallel case in the past. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. An example in the past. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Previous usage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. An antecedent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Something said or done before, as an example to follow in a similar case; a previous parallel case. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. Going before in time; former; previous. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  22. That may serve as an example or rule to be followed in future actions of the like kind; that which has been done before of a like kind; an authority, or a judicial decision to be followed in similar or analogous cases. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. An adjudged case or decision of a court of justice, considered as furnishing an example or authority for an identical or similar case afterwards arising or a similar question of law. A draught of a conveyance, settlement, will, pleading, bill, or other legal instrument, which is considered worthy to serve as a pattern for future instruments of the same nature. thelawdictionary.org
  24. Previous case taken as example for subsequent cases or as justification, as there is no p. for this, it is without p., do not take this as a\' p.; (Law) decision, procedure, &c., serving as rule or pattern. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. (now rare). Preceding in time, order, rank, &c., as condition p. Hence precedently adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the like kind ;-a preceding circumstance or condition ; a judicial decision, 'interlocutory or final, which serves as a rule for future determinates in similar or analogous oases. Cabinet Dictionary
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