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break (with) precedent

Definition of break (with) precedent

somewhat formal

  1. :  to do something that has not been done before <The voters broke (with) precedent when they elected a woman to the position.>



Word by Word Definitions

breakplay
  1. :  to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

    :  fracture

    :  rupture

  1. :  an act or action of breaking

    :  the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

    :  a condition produced by or as if by breaking :  gap

precedentplay
  1. :  prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance

  1. :  an earlier occurrence of something similar

    :  something done or said that may serve as an example or rule to authorize or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind

    :  the convention established by such a precedent or by long practice


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