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Precedent

Prec´e`dent
a.1.Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services.
Condition precedent
(Law) a condition which precede the vesting of an estate, or the accruing of a right.
n.1.Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example.
2.A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign.
3.A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
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.
Noun1.precedent - an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
Synonyms: case in point
2.precedent - (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
Synonyms: common law, case law
3.precedent - a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States"
Synonyms: case law, common law
4.precedent - a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
Adj.1.precedent - preceding in time, order, or significance
action, ancestor, announcer, antecedent, anterior, antetype, antitype, archetype, avant-garde, award, bellwether, biotype, buccinator, bushwhacker, classic example, condemnation, consideration, criterion, decision, decree, deliverance, determination, diagnosis, dictum, doom, epitome, example, exemplar, explorer, finding, forebear, foregoer, foregoing, forerunner, former, front runner, frontiersman, fugleman, fugler, genotype, groundbreaker, guide, harbinger, herald, imitatee, innovator, lead, lead runner, leader, messenger, mirror, order, original, paradigm, past, pathfinder, pattern, pioneer, point, precursor, predecessor, premise, previous, prior, prognosis, pronouncement, prototype, representative, resolution, rule, ruling, scout, sentence, standard, stormy petrel, trailblazer, trailbreaker, type, type species, type specimen, urtext, vanguard, vaunt-courier, verdict, voortrekker, yardstick
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