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Meaning of PRECEDENT

Pronunciation:  'presidunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
  2. [n]  (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
  3. [n]  a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
  4. [n]  a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States"
  5. [adj]  preceding in time, order, or significance

PRECEDENT is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: case in point, case law, case law, common law, common law, preceding(a)
 See Also: civil law, example, illustration, instance, jurisprudence, law, representative, subject, theme, topic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*ced"ent\, a. [L. praecedens, -entis, p. pr. of
    praecedere: cf. F. pr['e]c['e]dent. See {Precede}.]
    Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent
    services. --Shak. ``A precedent injury.'' --Bacon.
    {Condition precedent} (Law), a condition which precede the
       vesting of an estate, or the accruing of a right.
  2. \Prec"e*dent\, n.
    1. Something done or said that may serve as an example to
       authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an
       authoritative example.
             Examples for cases can but direct as precedents
             only.                                 --Hooker.
    2. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent;
       hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign. [Obs.]
    3. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished
       copy. [Obs.] --Shak.
    4. (Law) A judicial decision which serves as a rule for
       future determinations in similar or analogous cases; an
       authority to be followed in courts of justice; forms of
       proceeding to be followed in similar cases. --Wharton.
    Syn: Example; antecedent.
    Usage: {Precedent}, {Example}. An example in a similar case
           which may serve as a rule or guide, but has no
           authority out of itself. A precedent is something
           which comes down to us from the past with the sanction
           of usage and of common consent. We quote examples in
           literature, and precedents in law.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Laws established by previous cases which must be followed in cases involving identical circumstances. (See stare decisis in Foreign Words Glossary.)
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