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a closely similar case in existence or in the past

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Synonyms for precedent

an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time

(civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)

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preceding in time, order, or significance

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And while it is obviously possible that such decision may be erroneous in any given case, still the evil effect following it, being limited to that particular case, with the chance that it may be overruled and never become a precedent for other cases, can better be borne than could the evils of a different practice.
No doubt he had a time of tremendous exultation and sensed beyond all precedent the sense of power that night.
And amidst scenes of indescribable emotion the Albany legislature in permanent session, and with a generous suspension of rules and precedents, passed through both Houses the long-disputed Bill for universal military service in New York State.
To let Cecily off, after her mad defiance, would be to establish a revolutionary precedent.
The result, however, of this decision was to create a rivalry entirely without precedent between the different towns of these two States.
You think that if you were to accept that trifle from me now, I should presume upon it hereafter; but you are mistaken:- if you will only oblige me by taking it, believe me, I shall build no hopes upon it, and consider this no precedent for future favours:- and it is nonsense to talk about putting yourself under obligations to me when you must know that in such a case the obligation is entirely on my side, - the favour on yours.
And there, with his noble friend and relative Lord Decimus, was William Barnacle, who had made the ever-famous coalition with Tudor Stiltstalking, and who always kept ready his own particular recipe for How not to do it; sometimes tapping the Speaker, and drawing it fresh out of him, with a 'First, I will beg you, sir, to inform the House what Precedent we have for the course into which the honourable gentleman would precipitate us;' sometimes asking the honourable gentleman to favour him with his own version of the Precedent; sometimes telling the honourable gentleman that he
But Precedent and Precipitate were, under all circumstances, the well-matched pair of battle-horses of this able Circumlocutionist.
The pony made a moment's pause; but, as if it occurred to him that to stop when he was required might be to establish an inconvenient and dangerous precedent, he immediately started off again, rattled at a fast trot to the street corner, wheeled round, came back, and then stopped of his own accord.
As to the decision of civil causes, or proceedings against criminals, their precedents are so few, that they have little reason to boast of any extraordinary skill in either.
Reform therefore, without bravery, or scandal of former times and persons; but yet set it down to thyself, as well to create good precedents, as to follow them.
The next proceedings were of a public and avowable nature, and strictly followed the customary precedents on such occasions.
And therefore, guided by precedents, I must inform you that in practice cases of divorce may all be reduced to the following-- there's no physical defect, I may assume, nor desertion?
Selon la note du HCP, l'opinion des menages sur l'evolution passee du niveau de vie s'est amelioree au deuxieme trimestre de 2015 et a atteint son plus haut niveau depuis pres de sept ans, precisant que le solde qui la synthetise gagne 1,3 point par rapport au trimestre precedent et 4,9 points par rapport au meme trimestre de l'annee precedente.
Precedent Spine Health, a division of Precedent Health Group, has appointed a new president and CEO.