Examples of precedent in a Sentence
behavior that may be explained by a precedent event in her troubled life
Definition of precedent
Examples of precedent in a Sentence
- Suddenly, against all historical precedent just for that week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would have morphed into a well-organized and dependable outfit. —John McWhorter, National Review, 26 Sept. 2005
- On July 12, in an action that seems to have been without precedent, the House voted, 355-0, to condemn a scientific article. —Jonathan Rauch, National Journal, 7 Aug. 1999
- In cases close-run enough to require the Supreme court to decide them, precedent and principle are elastic enough, or complex enough, that justices can often decide either way without brazenly contradicting themselves. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., New Republic, 20 & 27 Sept. 1993
- We begin to appreciate the mystery when we realize that the act of naming, or denotation, is generically without precedent in natural history. —Walker Percy, "Naming And Being," 1960, in Signposts in a Strange Land, 1991
The judge's ruling was based on a precedent established by an earlier decision.
He says that the government will set a dangerous precedent if it refuses to allow the protesters to hold a rally.
The judge's ruling was based on legal precedent.
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His announcement marked a departure from precedent in that it was done without coordination with Department of Justice leadership and offered more detail about the bureau’s evaluation of the case than usual.
In a filing last December, these attorneys denigrated the government’s theory as one that attempts, without any precedent, to criminalize NCAA rules.
In one important way, Daigle has followed a Disney precedent in designing costumes for this Milwaukee Ballet production.
Under a 1992 precedent in the Senate that limits debate, Republicans likely could pass the bill without any Democratic support.
Furthermore, there is precedent, albeit on a smaller scale, for alterations in Catholic teaching at the level of church practice (again, as distinct from change in doctrine).
Freeman points out that nearly every brutal aspect of Soviet industrialization, particularly the use of slave labor, had a precedent in Western European and American industrialization.
Victim settlements could run to more than $300 million for Michigan State, based on precedents in the Pennsylvania State University and Catholic Church abuse cases.
There is no precedent in Connecticut, judicial or political, for the partisan vitriol over McDonald, a justice on the state Supreme Court since 2013.
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precedent and the Supreme Court
A precedent is something that precedes, or comes before. The Supreme Court relies on precedents—that is, earlier laws or decisions that provide some example or rule to guide them in the case they're actually deciding. When hostages are being held for ransom, a government may worry about setting a bad precedent if it gives in. And a company might "break with precedent" by naming a foreigner as its president for the first time.
PRECEDENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of precedent for English Language Learners
: a similar action or event that happened at an earlier time
: something done or said that can be used as an example or rule to be followed in the future
: the usual or traditional way of doing something
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