case·​book | \ ˈkās-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce casebook (audio) \

Definition of casebook

1 : a book containing records of illustrative cases that is used for reference and instruction (as in law or medicine)
2 : a compilation of primary and secondary documents relating to a central topic together with scholarly comment, exercises, and study aids that is designed to serve as a sourcebook for short papers (as in a writing course) or as a point of departure for a research paper

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Recent Examples on the Web On the surface, at least, last week's case was much less fraught, seemingly taken from the back pages of a casebook on civil procedure or federal-court jurisdiction rather than from today's headlines. Linda Greenhouse, Star Tribune, "The $1 ruling and our lonely chief justice," 12 Mar. 2021 The referee cited a casebook rule requiring athletes who wear a hijab to be granted authorization from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A Muslim athlete was disqualified from her high school volleyball match for wearing a hijab," 27 Sep. 2020 Quadrennial curling blindness is like something out of an Oliver Sacks casebook. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Adam Rippon and Shaun White Illustrate NBC's Winter Olympics Coverage Challenges," 14 Feb. 2018 His first published work came in the form of a casebook based on the popular Avengers superteam in 1999. Patrick Cooley,, "Twinsburg writer fights the good fight with Marvel Comics video game," 26 Jan. 2018 Keenan’s separate opinion added a third statutory argument straight out of second-year administrative law casebooks. Garrett Epps, The Atlantic, "Trump's Travel Ban Is Headed for a Supreme Court Showdown," 28 May 2017

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First Known Use of casebook

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Casebook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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case·​book | \ ˈkās-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce casebook (audio) \

Medical Definition of casebook

: a book containing medical records of illustrative cases that is used for reference and instruction

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