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precedent

noun

1 precedent

An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time.

synonym: case in point.

Roget 136: frequency, oftness, oftenness, commonness; repetition etc. 104; normality etc. 80; example (conformity) 82; routine, ... show more

Roget 969: lawsuit, suit, action, cause; litigation; suit in law; dispute etc. 713.    citation, arraignment, prosecution, impeachment; accusation ... show more

Roget 613: habit, habitude; assuetude, assuefaction, wont; run, way.    common state of things, general state of things, natural state of things, ordinary state of things, ordinary course of things, ordinary run of things; matter of course; ... show more

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Roget 22: prototype, original, model, pattern, precedent, standard, ideal, reference, scantling, type; archetype, antitype; protoplast, module, ... show more

Dutch: antecedent, antecedenten, jurisprudentie, precedent
Polish: precedens



2 precedent

civil law A law established by following earlier judicial decisions.

synonyms: case law, common law.

Polish: precedens

3 precedent

A system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws.

synonyms: case law, common law.

4 precedent

A subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time).

adjective

1 precedent

Preceding in time, order, or significance.

Roget 280: leading, precedent etc. v..

Roget 62: preceding etc. v.; precedent, antecedent; anterior; prior etc. 116; before; former; foregoing; beforementioned, ... show more

Roget 64: precursory; prelusive, prelusory, preludious; proemial, introductory, prefatory, prodromous, inaugural, preliminary; precedent etc. (prior) 116.    ... show more

Roget 116: prior, previous; preceding, precedent; anterior, antecedent; pre-existing, pre-existent; former, foregoing; aforementioned, before-mentioned, abovementioned; ... show more


Moby thesaurus: action, ancestor, announcer, antecedent, anterior, antetype, antitype, archetype, avant-garde, award, bellwether, biotype, buccinator, bushwhacker, classic example, condemnation, consideration, criterion, decision, decree ... show more.

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