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    precedent - Dictionary definition and meaning for word precedent

    (noun) an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
    Synonyms : case in point
    (noun) (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
    Synonyms : case law , common law
    (noun) a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
    Synonyms : case law , common law
    Example Sentence
    • common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States
    (noun) a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time) Definition
    (adj) preceding in time, order, or significance
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for precedent

precedent == pre(before)+ cedent(incedent), an incident happened before which will decide the following incedent.

precedent = PRECEDE + eveNT. an event that preceds (comes before)

president passes a bill that will precede in time..will be used to take decision

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