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prec•e•dent



Pronunciation: (
n.pres'i-dunt;
adj.pri-sēd'nt, pres'i-dunt),
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n.
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.

adj.
preceding; anterior.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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