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Precedent meaning

precedent - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services.
  3. 3. Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example.
  4. 4. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign.
  5. 5. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. A legal principle or rule created by one or more decisions of a state or federal appellate court. These rules provide a point of reference or authority for judges deciding similar issues in later cases. Lower courts must apply these rules when faced with similar legal issues. For example, if the Montana Supreme Court decides that a certain type of employment contract overly restricts the right of the employee to quit and get another job, all other Montana courts must apply this same rule.
  8. 8. An example in the past.

precedent - examples of usage

  1. No power was possessed by the other states in the matter, and all that could have been said was, that Missouri had acted with bad faith- that she had broken a condition precedent- that she had given just cause of war.
  2. The precedent of the last century does not help us very much. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
  3. It was manifestly impossible, under resolutions like these, to depart very widely from established precedent, or in any serious measure to disturb the foundations of things. - "A Short History of the Book of Common Prayer", William Reed Huntington.
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