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