Examples of precedent in a Sentence
behavior that may be explained by a precedent event in her troubled life
Synonymsantecedent, anterior, foregoing, former, previous, preceding, prior
Antonymsafter, ensuing, following, later, posterior, subsequent, succeeding
Related Wordsadvance, early, premature; earliest, first, inaugural, initial, maiden, original, pioneer; preexisting; introductory, preliminary; erstwhile, whilom
Near Antonymsadvanced, late; closing, concluding, final, last, latest, latter, terminal, ultimate
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.
Recent Examples of precedent from the Web
The e-commerce giant, which employs about 40,000 people in the city after a hiring boom and urban build-out with little precedent in modern American history, is searching for a second home.
Late last October, in the dying days of the Obama era, a U.S. district judge issued a verdict that seemed to set a precedent for paths like this one.
Flying privately broke both with precedent and Price’s own past views.
The idea of converting an entire island to solar power isn't without precedent.
There, of course, is historical precedent for this kind of thing.
Mr Van Buiten cites a precedent for such trust-building—a recovery system which Lockheed installed in F-16 fighter jets.
To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start.
But his examples largely amount to behavior with a historical precedent.
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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.
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