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Noun: precedent  pre-si-dunt
  1. An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
    - case in point
  2. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
    - case law, common law
  3. (law) a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
    "precedent originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States";
    - common law, case law
  4. A subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
Adjective: precedent  pre-si-dunt
  1. Preceding in time, order, or significance

Derived forms: precedents

See also: preceding

Type of: civil law, example, exemplum, illustration, instance, jurisprudence, law, representative, subject, theme, topic

Encyclopedia: Precedent