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PRECEDENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precedent mean? 

PRECEDENT (noun)
  The noun PRECEDENT has 4 senses:

1. an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
2. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
3. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
4. a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)

  Familiarity information: PRECEDENT used as a noun is uncommon.


PRECEDENT (adjective)
  The adjective PRECEDENT has 1 sense:

1. preceding in time, order, or significance

  Familiarity information: PRECEDENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECEDENT (noun)


Sense 1precedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

case in point; precedent

Hypernyms ("precedent" is a kind of...):

example; illustration; instance; representative (an item of information that is representative of a type)


Sense 2precedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

common law; case law; precedent

Hypernyms ("precedent" is a kind of...):

civil law (the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation)

Domain category:

civil law (the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation)

Domain member category:

service ((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)


Sense 3precedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

case law; common law; precedent

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("precedent" is a kind of...):

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 4precedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("precedent" is a kind of...):

subject; theme; topic (the subject matter of a conversation or discussion)


PRECEDENT (adjective)


Sense 1precedent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Preceding in time, order, or significance

Similar:

preceding (existing or coming before)


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