set a precedent

Definition of set a precedent

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cause to sit :  place in or on a seat

    :  to put (a fowl) on eggs to hatch them

    :  to put (eggs) for hatching under a fowl or into an incubator

  1. :  the act or action of setting

    :  the condition of being set

    :  a number of things of the same kind that belong or are used together

  1. :  intent, determined

    :  intentional, premeditated

    :  fixed by authority or appointment :  prescribed, specified

precedentplay
  1. :  prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance

  1. :  an earlier occurrence of something similar

    :  something done or said that may serve as an example or rule to authorize or justify a subsequent act of the same or an analogous kind

    :  the convention established by such a precedent or by long practice


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