An example of precedent is the legal decision in Brown v. Board of Education guiding future laws about desegregation.
Origin of precedentMiddle English ; from Middle French précédent ; from Classical Latin praecedens, present participle of praecedere, to precede
- an act, statement, legal decision, case, etc. that may serve as an example, reason, or justification for a later one
- a practice based upon earlier precedents
- a. An act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances.b. Law A judicial decision that is binding on other equal or lower courts in the same jurisdiction as to its conclusion on a point of law, and may also be persuasive to courts in other jurisdictions, in subsequent cases involving sufficiently similar facts.
- Convention or custom arising from long practice: The president followed historical precedent in forming the Cabinet.
Origin of precedentMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin praecēdēns, praecēdent-, present participle of praecēdere, to go before; see precede.
- An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
- (law) A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
- The previous version.
(third-person singular simple present precedents, present participle precedenting, simple past and past participle precedented)
- (law) To provide precedents for.
- (law) To be a precedent for.
precedent - Legal Definition