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stare decisis

noun sta·re de·ci·sis \ˌster-ē-di-ˈsī-səs, ˌstär-\

Definition of STARE DECISIS

:  a doctrine or policy of following rules or principles laid down in previous judicial decisions unless they contravene the ordinary principles of justice

Origin of STARE DECISIS

Latin, to stand by decided matters
First Known Use: 1782

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