precedent

precedent
precedent pre‧ce‧dent [ˈpresdnt] noun [countable]
LAW an official action or decision which can be used later to support another legal decision:

• The injunction on imports could set a precedent for other patent-infringement cases.

• Solicitors are aiming to follow a precedent established several years ago.

— see also condition precedent

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precedent UK US /ˈpresɪdənt/ noun [C]
LAW a previous action or decision that can be used as a reason for allowing something else: »

The ruling can serve as a precedent to challenge other similar cases.

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A judgement against the fund could set a precedent for compensation payments to more of its 6,000 investors.

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This is an experiment without precedent in economic history.

a bad/dangerous/good precedent »

This law sets a very dangerous precedent for all businesses.

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create/establish/provide a precedent

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a legal precedent

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base sth on/follow a precedent

See also CONDITION PRECEDENT(Cf. ↑condition precedent)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • précédent — précédent, ente [ presedɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • XIIIe; lat. præcedens, entis I ♦ Adj. Qui précède, s est produit antérieurement, vient avant. Dans un précédent ouvrage. ⇒ antérieur. Le jour précédent : la veille. « Ce testament annule le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • precedent — pre·ce·dent 1 /pri sēd ənt, pre səd / adj [Middle French, from Latin praecedent praecedens, present participle of praecedere to go ahead of, come before]: prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance see also condition precedent at… …   Law dictionary

  • precedent — PRECEDÉNT, Ă, precedenţi, te, adj., s.n. 1. adj. Care precedă pe cineva sau ceva în timp sau în spaţiu; premergător, anterior. 2. s.n. Fapt sau caz anterior analog, care poate servi ca exemplu, ca regulă de conduită sau ca justificare pentru… …   Dicționar Român

  • precedent — Precedent, [preced]ente. adj. v. Qui precede. Il se dit ordinairement par rapport au temps. Le jour precedent. je vous ay escrit par l ordinaire precedent. dans les regnes precedents, dans l assemblée precedente. cette clause estoit portée dans… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • précédent — précédent, ente (pré sé dan, dan t ) adj. 1°   Qui précède, qui est immédiatement avant, soit par rapport à l ordre, soit par rapport au rang. Le jour, le règne précédent. Vous trouverez cela dans le chapitre précédent, à la page précédente.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Precedent — Pre*ced ent, a. [L. praecedens, entis, p. pr. of praecedere: cf. F. pr[ e]c[ e]dent. See {Precede}.] Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services. Shak. A precedent injury. Bacon. [1913 Webster] {Condition precedent}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Precedent — Prec e*dent, n. 1. Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example. [1913 Webster] Examples for cases can but direct as precedents only. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • precedent — [prē sēd′ nt, prisēd′ nt; ] for n. [ pres′ə dənt] adj. [ME < MFr précédent < L praecedens, prp. of praecedere, to PRECEDE] that precedes; preceding n. precedent 1. an act, statement, legal decision, case, etc. that may serve as an example,… …   English World dictionary

  • precedent — (n.) early 15c., case which may be taken as a rule in similar cases, from M.Fr. precedent, from L. praecedentum (nom. praecedens), prp. of praecedere go before (see PRECEDE (Cf. precede)). Meaning thing or person that goes before another is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • precedent — précédent DEFINICIJA v. presedan …   Hrvatski jezični portal

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