from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances.
- n. Law A judicial decision that may be used as a standard in subsequent similar cases: a landmark decision that set a legal precedent.
- n. Convention or custom arising from long practice: The President followed historical precedent in forming the Cabinet.
- adj. Preceding.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
- n. A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
- n. The aforementioned (thing).
- n. The previous version.
- adj. Happening or taking place earlier in time; previous or preceding.
- v. To provide precedents for.
- v. To be a precedent for.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent.
- n. Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example.
- n. A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign.
- n. A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
- n. A judicial decision which serves as a rule for future determinations in similar or analogous cases; an authority to be followed in courts of justice; forms of proceeding to be followed in similar cases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (prē˙-sē′ dent). Preceding; going before in the order of time; antecedent; anterior; previous; former.
- n. (pres′ ē˙-dent). A preceding action or circumstance which may serve as a pattern or example in subsequent cases; an antecedent instance which creates a rule for following cases; a model instance.
- n. Specifically, in law: A judicial decision, interlocutory or final, which serves as a rule for future determinations in similar or analogous cases.
- n. A form of proceeding or of an instrument followed or deemed worthy to be followed as a pattern in similar or analogous cases.
- n. A custom, habit, or rule established; previous example or usage.
- n. A presage; sign; indication.
- n. An original, as the original draft of a writing.
- n. Synonyms Pattern, Model, etc. See example.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
- n. a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
- adj. preceding in time, order, or significance
- n. (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
- n. a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praecēdēns, praecēdent-, present participle of praecēdere, to go before; see precede.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praecēdēns, present participle of praecēdere ("to precede"); See precede. (Wiktionary)