Non-precedent



[noun pres-i-duh nt; adjective pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duh nt] /noun ˈprɛs ɪ dənt; adjective prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dənt/

noun
1.
Law. a legal decision or form of proceeding serving as an authoritative rule or pattern in future similar or analogous cases.
2.
any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations.
Synonyms: example, model, pattern, standard.
adjective, precedent
3.
going or coming before; ; anterior.
noun (ˈprɛsɪdənt)
1.
(law) a judicial decision that serves as an authority for deciding a later case
2.
an example or instance used to justify later similar occurrences
adjective (prɪˈsiːdənt; ˈprɛsɪdənt)
3.
preceding
n.

early 15c., “case which may be taken as a rule in similar cases,” from Middle French precedent, noun use of an adjective, from Latin praecedentum (nominative praecedens), present participle of praecedere “go before” (see precede). Meaning “thing or person that goes before another” is attested from mid-15c. As an adjective in English from c.1400. As a verb meaning “to furnish with a precedent” from 1610s, now only in past participle precedented.
precedent [(press-uh-duhnt)]

A previous ruling by a court that influences subsequent decisions in cases with similar issues.
see: set a precedent

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