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Definitions of precedent:
  • noun:   an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
  • noun:   a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
  • noun:   (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
  • noun:   a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
  • adjective:   preceding in time, order, or significance

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