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- præcedent (archaic)
- (UK, adjective) IPA(key): /pɹiˈsiː.dənt/
- (UK, US, noun) enPR: prĕs'ĭ-dənt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛs.ɪ.dənt/
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- (Australia, noun) IPA(key): /ˈpɹi.sɪ.dənt/
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Particularly: “check the Australian pronunciation; I transcribed it from actual speech. -sche. Also, I think the adj. is not pronounced as the noun in the US, DCDuring”
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.
- (Should we delete(+) this sense?) (obsolete, with definite article) The aforementioned (thing).
- (Should we delete(+) this sense?) The previous version.
- (obsolete) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
terms derived from precedent (noun)
past act used as example
prior judgment in law
precedent (not comparable)
earlier in time