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test case

a typical case whose court decision may be interpreted as a precedent for application in future similar cases.
a legal action taken, sometimes deliberately by agreement of both parties, with a special view to determining the position of the law on some matter, as the constitutionality of a statute.
Origin of test case
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The matter will prove, I understand, a test case and will go to the final courts.

    Behind the Beyond

    Stephen Leacock
  • Openly and aloud, she proceeded to give testimony as concerned this test case.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Why not, it is said, settle the question once for all by a test case?

    The Truth of Christianity William Harry Turton
  • The city of Marion proposes to fight the first test case through.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • This experience of ours, however, could not be regarded strictly as a test case.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
British Dictionary definitions for test case

test case

a legal action that serves as a precedent in deciding similar succeeding cases
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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