set a precedent

idiom

: to decide something that will be used as an example or rule to be followed in the future
The ruling in the case is likely to set a precedent for how future cases are decided.

Examples of set a precedent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The outcome could set a precedent going forward for how emergency personnel respond to situations with people in police custody, said University of Miami criminologist Alex Piquero. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 23 Dec. 2023 The outcome could set a precedent for how emergency personnel respond to situations with people in police custody, said University of Miami criminologist Alex Piquero. Colleen Slevin and Matthew Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Dec. 2023 That would set a precedent to remove other rights that have been granted by Supreme Court decisions not first added in 1787 or through amendments. Amber Leventry, Parents, 18 Dec. 2023 Tesla’s refusal to sign a collective agreement with its mechanics has enraged union bosses, who are worried the company could set a precedent. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Ahmed says the outcome of the suit could set a precedent for researchers everywhere. Simmone Shah, Time, 4 Aug. 2023 This law opens the door even more for victims of abuse and will likely set a precedent for others states to follow. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Administrative law judges are touted by proponents as a way to adjudicate claims at a much faster rate than in the federal court system, and their rulings do not set a precedent. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2023 With today’s action, Levine said the FTC seeks to set a precedent for disclosure that applies not only to the food and beverage industries but across the entire influencer marketing sector. Anahad O’Connor, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Set a precedent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/set%20a%20precedent. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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