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stare decisis

[stair-ee di-sahy-sis]
noun Law.
  1. 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.
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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
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Word Origin and History for stare decisis

Latin, literally "to stand by things decided."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stare decisis in Culture

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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