adjective pre·ce·dent [pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duhnt] /prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dənt/
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Origin of precedent
OTHER WORDS FROM precedentprec·e·dent·less, adjectivenon·prec·e·dent, nounnon·pre·ced·ent, adjectivequa·si-pre·ced·ent, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for precedent
In 1964 Jackie Kennedy was just 35, the widow of a first-term president, when she began setting historical precedents of her own.
Doubtless, Putin recalls these salient precedents on his own borders when he thinks about Crimea.
Historical parallels and precedents for social media abound.
This is about a health-care law that is reality and the setting of precedents on executive power.Washington’s Other Car Crash: Obama vs. the Boehner Rule|Michael Tomasky|October 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ironically, almost all the precedents he mentions demonstrate the need for partition of one kind or another.Partition Skepticism and the Future of the Peace Process|Avner Inbar, Assaf Sharon|September 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for or against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Distinctions were drawn; precedents were cited; and at length the question was put, that Mr. Montague do withdraw.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Throughout his two terms, he created precedents and made decisions of lasting value for the United States.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
In conformity with precedents, the coronation was distinguished by the grant of new honours.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
According to all precedents the battle should have ended in an Indian rout by the time the sun crossed the meridian.A Virginia Scout|Hugh Pendexter
British Dictionary definitions for precedent
adjective (prɪˈsiːdənt, ˈprɛsɪdənt)
Cultural definitions for precedent
A previous ruling by a court that influences subsequent decisions in cases with similar issues.
Idioms and Phrases with precedent
see set a precedent.