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What is another word for precedent?

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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.”
The customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing something
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(obsolete) That which is instituted, established, or fixed, such as a law or rule
Binding legal decisions serving as precedents in a common law system
A precedent, experiment, or acid test used to evaluate functionality or determine validity
Legal doctrine of following established judicial decisions
Something that precedes another thing or person
Existing or coming before in time or order
“By those terms, the liability of the defendant depends upon the occurrence of a precedent event.”
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