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stare decisis

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

Definition of stare decisis

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



Origin and Etymology of stare decisis

Latin, to stand by decided matters


First Known Use: 1782


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stare decisis

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noun sta·re de·ci·sis \ˈster-ē-di-ˈsī-sis, ˈstär-ē-; ˈstä-rā-dā-ˈkē-sēs\

Legal Definition of stare decisis

  1. :  the doctrine under which courts adhere to precedent on questions of law in order to insure certainty, consistency, and stability in the administration of justice with departure from precedent permitted for compelling reasons (as to prevent the perpetuation of injustice)



Origin and Etymology of stare decisis

New Latin, to stand by things that have been settled


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