Synonyms for precedent

Grammar : Noun
Spell : noun pres-i-duh nt; adjective pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duh nt
Phonetic Transcription : noun ˈprɛs ɪ dənt; adjective prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dənt

Définition of precedent

Origin :
  • early 15c., "case which may be taken as a rule in similar cases," from Middle French precedent, noun use of an adjective, from Latin praecedentum (nominative praecedens), present participle of praecedere "go before" (see precede). Meaning "thing or person that goes before another" is attested from mid-15c. As an adjective in English from c.1400. As a verb meaning "to furnish with a precedent" from 1610s, now only in past participle precedented.
  • noun authoritative example
Example sentences :
  • It had the authority of precedent in uncounted graduate classes.
  • Extract from : « A Breath of Prairie and other stories » by Will Lillibridge
  • When you start thinking about it, I suppose we set some kind of precedent here.
  • Extract from : « Arm of the Law » by Harry Harrison
  • By all the rules of precedent and South Harniss business the other should have been at the store.
  • Extract from : « Mary-'Gusta » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But let us bear in mind that Alexander did not lack a precedent for this particular act.
  • Extract from : « The Life of Cesare Borgia » by Raphael Sabatini
  • No doubt I should present a precedent in undertaking to look after his in like circumstances.
  • Extract from : « The Memorabilia » by Xenophon
  • No precedent, no English statute, could stand against the Constitution.
  • Extract from : « The Siege of Boston » by Allen French
  • Some of us want to help you, but the majority want a precedent back of them.
  • Extract from : « A Woman for Mayor » by Helen M. Winslow
  • British liberty was once more "to broaden down from precedent to precedent."
  • Extract from : « Charles Carleton Coffin » by William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • In Ohio, also, there was an ominous spirit of resistance to the force of precedent.
  • Extract from : « Union and Democracy » by Allen Johnson
  • Even as it is, we went a little further than precedent allows.
  • Extract from : « Project Mastodon » by Clifford Donald Simak

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