- præcedent (archaic)
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) enPR: prĕsʹĭ-dənt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛs.ɪ.dənt/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈpɹes.ə.dənt/
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precedent (plural precedents)
- An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
- Examples for cases can but direct as precedents only.
- (law) A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
- (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.
- The previous version.
- (obsolete) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
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terms derived from precedent (noun)
past act used as example
prior judgment in law
precedent (not comparable)
- Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) Coming before in a particular order or arrangement; preceding, foregoing. [from 15th c.]
- In the precedent section mention was made, amongst other pleasant objects, of this comeliness and beauty which proceeds from women […].
earlier in time
- precedent (past act used as example)
- precedent in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
- precedent in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
precedent n (plural precedenten)
precedent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular precedent or precedente)