Definition of set a precedent
- The ruling in the case is likely to set a precedent for how future cases are decided.
: 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
: 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
: intent, determined
: intentional, premeditated
: fixed by authority or appointment : prescribed, specified
: prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance
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