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test case

noun
1.
a typical case whose court decision may be interpreted as a precedent for application in future similar cases.
2.
a legal action taken, sometimes deliberately by agreement of both parties, with a special view to determining the position of the law on some matter, as the constitutionality of a statute.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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test case

noun
1.
a legal action that serves as a precedent in deciding similar succeeding cases
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