from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a precedent.
  • adj. Having precedence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the force of precedent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a precedent; having force as an example for imitation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a precedent; suitable for imitation; followed as a precedent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having precedence (especially because of longer service)


From precedent + -ial (Wiktionary)



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