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- præcedent (archaic)
- (UK, adjective) IPA(key): /pɹᵻˈsiː.dənt/
- (UK, noun) enPR: prĕ'sĭ-dənt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛ.sᵻ.dənt/
- (US, adjective) IPA(key): /pɹiˈsidn̩t/
- (US, noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛsədn̩t/
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- (Australia, noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɹi.sɪ.dənt/
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precedent (plural precedents)
- An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
- Examples for cases can but direct as precedents only.
- (law) A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
- (obsolete, with definite article) The aforementioned (thing).
- The previous version.
- (obsolete) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
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terms derived from precedent (noun)
past act used as example
prior judgment in law
precedent (not comparable)
- Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) Coming before in a particular order or arrangement; preceding, foregoing. [from 15th c.]
earlier in time