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.
Recent Examples of precedent from the Web
How his season plays out will be extremely intriguing as a precedent for high school prospects skipping college for the G League.
The division of the State is dreaded as a precedent.
If the Pentagon’s role in helping settle migrant children isn’t clear, there is precedent for bases to be used in such circumstances.
The government, meanwhile, had been seeking to wipe the slate clean at the appeals court level so that the October ruling did not serve as precedent.
The Trump administration urged the justices to vacate the ruling, an action that wipes out any value as legal precedent for other pregnant women in custody.
If larotrectinib serves as a precedent, Loxo should be able to submit LOXO-292 for approval in RET fusion cancers based on the current clinical trial.
The couple has remained mum so far on a potential wedding broadcast and there's precedent both ways.
Mr Falcón cites as a precedent the referendum called in 1988 by Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s dictator, to extend by eight years his 15-year rule.
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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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