stare decisis

stare decisis

[stair-ee di-sahy-sis]
noun Law.
the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same.

Origin:
1855–60; < Latin stāre dēcīsīs to stand by things (that have been) settled

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Main Entry:  stare decisis
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the principle in common law of adhering to precedent when deciding a legal case
Etymology:  Latin 'decided matters'
Usage:  law; v phr 'to be bound by precedents'
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stare decisis [(stair-ee duh-seye-sis)]

A Latin phrase that literally means “to stand on the decisions.” It expresses the common law doctrine that court decisions should be guided by precedent.

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