adjective pre·ce·dent [pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duh nt] /prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dənt/
Origin of precedent
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He experimented boldly without much regard for precedent or the status quo.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR|John Avlon|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tyner pointed the Hattiesburg race as precedent for having a second election.Could Chris McDaniel Get A Do-Over In The Mississippi Senate Race?|Ben Jacobs|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alito opened the door by questioning the “anomalous” Abood precedent, which lets states coerce union members into paying dues.The Conservative Case for Unions After the Harris v. Quinn Decision|James Poulos|July 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The precedent this new law (Act 697) sets is alarming, according to its opponents.
But Leonard claims that the reserve could set a precedent for the federal government closing more high-use areas to sport fishing.Republicans: Obama’s Ocean Protection Plan Evidence of ‘Imperial Presidency’|Abigail Golden|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have hunted out a precedent for this unceremonious address.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. IV|Thomas Moore
In any event she meant to conquer Powers, and was not without reason, or precedent, in trying to see if blarney would aid threats.The Great Miss Driver|Anthony Hope
The public may also derive considerable advantage from the precedent in the future movement of the Government.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
It was a reversion to the old right of election, and to the precedent set in the deposition of Edward II.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
So far from this being the case on this subject, an argument against the bank might be based on precedent.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Two|Abraham Lincoln
adjective (prɪˈsiːdənt, ˈprɛsɪdənt)
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.
A previous ruling by a court that influences subsequent decisions in cases with similar issues.
see set a precedent.