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English adjective: precedent

1. precedent preceding in time, order, or significance


Similarpreceding


Antonymssucceeding


English noun: precedent

1. precedent (cognition) an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time


Synonymscase in point


Broader (hypernym)example, illustration, instance, representative

2. precedent (communication) (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions


Synonymscase law, common law


Broader (hypernym)civil law


Domain categorycivil law


Domain category membersservice

3. precedent (group) a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws


SamplesCommon law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States.


Synonymscase law, common law


Broader (hypernym)jurisprudence, law


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. precedent (communication) a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)


Broader (hypernym)subject, theme, topic









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