Precedent
Precedent 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. [1913 Webster]

Examples for cases can but direct as precedents only. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

3. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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