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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 .
It is also the case that the probity of legal precedent differs at each level of the tax controversy process.
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 a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said, ``Prosecuting counsel advice is that the sentence cannot be considered to be unduly lenient in accordance with legal precedent.
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.
They hope the case has set a legal precedent that will make the process smoother in similar situations.
The problem stems, says Forrester, from the inadequacy of national laws in dealing with international transactions, compounded by lack of expert knowledge and legal precedent on the subject.
The regulators, the accounting requirements and the legal precedent all support industry practice.