precedent [ noun pres-i-d uh nt; adjective pri- seed-nt, pres-i-d uh nt] Word Origin . Law a legal decision or form of proceeding serving as an authoritative rule or pattern in future similar or analogous cases. any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations. adjective pre·ce·dent [pri- seed-nt, pres-i-d uh nt] /prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dənt/ going or coming before; preceding; anterior. Origin of precedent 1350–1400;
) present participle of
to go before,
late Middle English,
derivative of the adj.
Related forms prec·e·dent·less, adjective non·prec·e·dent, noun non·pre·ced·ent, adjective qua·si-pre·ced·ent, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-precedent law a judicial decision that serves as an authority for deciding a later case an example or instance used to justify later similar occurrences adjective ( prɪˈsiːd, ənt ˈprɛsɪdənt) preceding
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Word Origin and History for non-precedent n.
early 15c., "case which may be taken as a rule in similar cases," from Middle French
precedent, noun use of an adjective, from Latin praecedentum (nominative praecedens), present participle of praecedere "go before" (see precede). Meaning "thing or person that goes before another" is attested from mid-15c. As an adjective in English from c.1400. As a verb meaning "to furnish with a precedent" from 1610s, now only in past participle precedented.
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precedent [( press-uh-duhnt)]
A previous ruling by a court that influences subsequent decisions in cases with similar issues.
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