test case


a typical case whose court decision may be interpreted as a precedent for application in future similar cases.
a legal action taken, sometimes deliberately by agreement of both parties, with a special view to determining the position of the law on some matter, as the constitutionality of a statute.

Origin of test case

First recorded in 1890–95
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Related Words for test case

precedent, experiment

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Contemporary Examples of test case

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British Dictionary definitions for test case

test case


a legal action that serves as a precedent in deciding similar succeeding cases
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