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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for stare decisis

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.

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