- 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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Examples from the Web for test case
His safety and security is a test-case for the Suleiman government's commitment to peaceful change and democracy.Kareem Amer's Last Phone Call
February 10, 2011
- a legal action that serves as a precedent in deciding similar succeeding cases