—adj.pri-sēd'nt, pres'i-dunt), [key]
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.
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