- 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: What It Is. With All the Kindes, Cavses, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Seuerall Cvres of It. In Three Maine Partitions, with Their Seuerall Sections, Members, and Svbsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically Opened and Cut Up, by Democritvs Iunior, with a Satyricall Preface, Conducing to the Following Discourse, 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 n (plural precedenten)
precedent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular precedent or precedente)