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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. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. An example in the past. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Previous usage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. An antecedent. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. PRECEDENTLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. 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
  13. Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. Going before: anterior. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for precedent

  1. In the present campaign the Indian forces are accompanied by fully- equipped field postal arrangements, and following up the precedent of the China Expeditionary Force, the Indian Expeditionary Force in Europe is furnished with a set of current Indian postage stamps, cards, etc. – The Postage Stamp in War by Fred. J. Melville
  2. Perhaps we will find the precedent hasn't really been set! – The Day Time Stopped Moving by Bradner Buckner
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