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stare decisis

[stair-ee di-sahy-sis] /ˈstɛər i dɪˈsaɪ sɪs/
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.
1855-60; < Latin stāre dēcīsīs to stand by things (that have been) settled Unabridged
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stare decisis

Latin, literally "to stand by things decided."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stare-decisis in Culture
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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