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stare decisis

[stair-ee di-sahy-sis] /ˈstɛər i dɪˈsaɪ sɪs/
noun, Law.
the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same.
Origin of stare decisis
First recorded in 1855-60, stare decisis is from the Latin word stāre dēcīsīs to stand by things (that have been) settled Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • stare decisis was a maxim that did not trouble the average lawyer, for there were few decisions to stand upon.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • Moreover the common law insists upon its doctrine of stare decisis chiefly in the two cases of property and commercial law.

Contemporary definitions for stare decisis

the principle in common law of adhering to precedent when deciding a legal case

Word Origin

Latin 'decided matters'

Usage Note

law; v phr 'to be bound by precedents''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for stare decisis

Latin, literally "to stand by things decided."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stare decisis in Culture
stare decisis [(stair-ee duh-seye-sis)]

A Latin phrase that literally means “to stand on the decisions.” It expresses the common law doctrine that court decisions should be guided by precedent.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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