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English adjective: precedent

1. precedent preceding in time, order, or significance



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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