QUASI-PRECEDENT

precedent

[n. pres-i-duhnt; adj. pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duhnt]
noun
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. example, model, pattern, standard.
adjective, precedent.
3.
going or coming before; preceding; anterior.

Origin:
1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English < Latin praecēdent- (stem of praecēdēns) present participle of praecēdere to go before, precede (see -ent); (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the adj.

precedentless, adjective
nonprecedent, noun
nonprecedent, adjective
quasi-precedent, adjective

precedence, precedents, presidents.
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precedent
 
n
1.  law a judicial decision that serves as an authority for deciding a later case
2.  an example or instance used to justify later similar occurrences
 
adj
3.  preceding

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precedent
early 15c., "case which may be taken as a rule in similar cases," from M.Fr. precedent, from L. præcedentum (nom. præcedens), prp. of præcedere "go before" (see precede). Meaning "thing or person that goes before another" is attested from mid-15c.
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precedent [(press-uh-duhnt)]

A previous ruling by a court that influences subsequent decisions in cases with similar issues.

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