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Etymology: L, praecedere, to go before
a previously adjudged decision that serves as an authority in a similar case.


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(pre′sĕ-dĕnt) [L. praecedere, to go before, precede]
In law, an action, ruling, or verdict that may be used as an example to be followed in the future.

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As he moves through evidence and legal precedents, he concludes in increasingly first-person terms: "I would, were I in the Jury-Box, seize upon the slightest proof of resistance .
The first step in this process entailed establishing legal precedent, which extensive research provided.
Determine the IRS Position: A company's tax staff and advisers should determine exactly the nature of the proposed deficiencies being asserted as well as what facts and legal precedent the agent is relying upon.
A green campaigner preparing a fresh appeal against the pounds 180m second Tyne tunnel has warned that losing his case could set a worrying legal precedent.
Meanwhile, in British Columbia, Evelyn Martens claims that there is overwhelming support for physician-assisted suicide; she hoped the dismissal of charges against her would set a legal precedent (Toronto Star, October 12, 2004).
Assets are co-owned and there is a set legal precedent regarding disagreements, sales, and other shared responsibilities.
The origin of crimes against humanity as a judicial concept was the result of a deliberate choice of the Nuremberg prosecutors, who lacked adequate legal precedent to punish the full scope of Nazi atrocities.
ImClone stock had already tanked by the time Stewart's broker called her; and the fact that he (improperly) told her Sam Waksal and his daughter were among the selling horde is not "material" by any legal precedent.
Local and international rights groups supporting Lawal had wanted the case settled in court and not with a presidential pardon so that legal precedent could be set.
Criticizing legal precedent barring government intrusion into Americans' private lives, the Pennsylvania Republican blasted the Supreme Court for a line of decisions about birth control, abortion and other issues dating back to 1965.
But it is reported that anti-hunting Labour MPs are planning to revolt against parts of it because they believe it sets a legal precedent that could lead to the abolition of angling, horse racing or dog racing.
But PC Keith Price of Merseyside Police's North Liverpool Licensing Department said: "There is a legal precedent which states that although World Cup matches taking place in another country may be a national occasion for people, such an occasion cannot be used to extend drinking hours by those merely watching the match on TV.