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Precedent

Precedent

WordNet



adjective


(1)   Preceding in time, order, or significance

noun


(2)   An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
(3)   (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
(4)   A subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
(5)   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"
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Etymology


From Middle English precedent < Old French precedent < Latin praecēdēns (present priniciple of praecēdere, to precede); compare to precede

Noun



  1. An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
  2. A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
  3. The aforementioned (thing).
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 74:
      A third argument may be derived from the precedent.
  4. The previous version.

Adjective



  1. Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding.