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Definition 1: an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for precedent in the sense of this definition

(precedent is a kind of ...) an item of information that is typical of a class or group

"this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome" "there is an example on page 10"

Definition 2: (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for precedent in the sense of this definition

(precedent belongs to category ...) the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation

(precedent is the domain which ... is member of) (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him

Definition 3: a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time) - [noun denoting communication]

(precedent is a kind of ...) the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

"he didn't want to discuss that subject" "it was a very sensitive topic" "his letters were always on the theme of love"

Definition 4: a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws - [noun denoting group]

Samples where precedent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States

Synonyms for precedent in the sense of this definition

(precedent belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 5: preceding in time, order, or significance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(precedent is similar to ...) existing or coming before

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