leading case

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leading case (plural leading cases)

  1. (law) A reported decision which has come to be regarded as settling the law of the question involved.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for leading case in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)