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Noun
An event or action that is regarded as an example or guide for subsequent circumstances
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“He dreaded lest, in some future combination of circumstances, it might be adduced as a precedent for some fatal inroad on the constitution.”
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Representative occurrence
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A prototype or archetype
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(obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law or rule
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Customary or habitual usage
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An example that illustrates a point
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Precedental law
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A traditional or accepted way of behaving, specific to a particular society, place, or time
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An earlier model
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A person's ancestors or family and social background
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Adjective
Existing or coming before in time or order
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“By those terms, the liability of the defendant depends upon the occurrence of a precedent event.”
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Before an action or event
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