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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French, from Old French, from Latin praecēdēns, present participle of praecēdere (to precede); See precede.

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precedent (plural precedents)

  1. An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
    • Hooker
      Examples for cases can but direct as precedents only.
  2. (law) A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
  3. (obsolete, with definite article) The aforementioned (thing).
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , New York 2001, p.74:
      A third argument may be derived from the precedent.
  4. The previous version.
  5. (obsolete) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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AdjectiveEdit

precedent (not comparable)

  1. Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding. [from 14th c.]
  2. (now rare) Coming before in a particular order or arrangement; preceding, foregoing. [from 15th c.]
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , III.2.1.i:
      In the precedent section mention was made, amongst other pleasant objects, of this comeliness and beauty which proceeds from women […].

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VerbEdit

precedent (third-person singular simple present precedents, present participle precedenting, simple past and past participle precedented)

  1. (transitive, law) To provide precedents for.
  2. (transitive, law) To be a precedent for.

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NounEdit

precedent m (plural precedents)

  1. precedent

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NounEdit

precedent m

  1. precedent (past act used as example)

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Further readingEdit

  • precedent in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • precedent in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French precedent. First attested in the 16th century.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˌpreː.seːˈdɛnt/, /ˌpreː.səˈdɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pre‧ce‧dent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

NounEdit

precedent n (plural precedenten)

  1. precedent

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin praecēdēns. Compare Middle French preceder.

AdjectiveEdit

precedent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular precedent or precedente)

  1. preceding; that comes before
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine):
      Fievre ethique vient sans fievre precedente
      Ethical[?] fever comes without a preceding fever