set a precedent

Definition of set a precedent

: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

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

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

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

  1. : the act or action of setting

  2. : the condition of being set

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

  1. : intent, determined

  2. : intentional, premeditated

  3. : fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified

precedent play
  1. : prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance

  1. : an earlier occurrence of something similar

  2. : 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

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


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