test case


Definition of test case 

1 : a representative case whose outcome is likely to serve as a precedent

2 : a proceeding brought by agreement or on an understanding of the parties to obtain a decision as to the constitutionality of a statute

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The killing became a test case for justice in the Philippines and prompted a backlash against Mr. Duterte’s popular antinarcotics campaign. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "In First for Philippines, Court Convicts Police Officers in Drug-War Case," 29 Nov. 2018 California could be a test case to see if renters turn out at higher rates than usual, said Jenny Schuetz, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a policy-research organization. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Renters Could Be an Emerging Swing Vote This Election," 5 Nov. 2018 Presenting varying traffic speeds as well as an ongoing construction project, the route, which isn’t served by any other transit service, offers a test case for the navigation system. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Autonomous shuttle tech gets test run in Ohio," 23 Oct. 2018 The first decisions are expected next week, a test case for the Trump administration, especially Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who ran a steel company. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Economists say we're not in a full-blown trade war. Yet.," 19 June 2018 The European Court of Justice is still considering what Homann considers a test case that could lead to wider regulations for tech giants. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "EU Regulators Have a New Plan to Keep Google and Facebook in Line: Regulate Them Like Traditional Telecoms," 5 July 2018 Several antiabortion states have already laid the groundwork to move fast, providing potential test cases that could get before a more conservative court within a year or two. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "If a reshaped Supreme Court tosses abortion decisions back to states, several would move fast to outlaw the procedures," 29 June 2018 The court on Thursday upheld a South Dakota law written to generate this test case. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "State Sales-Tax Officials Rev Their Engines," 21 June 2018 As for being a test case, Darracq says the effectiveness remains to be seen. Stephen Magagnini, sacbee, "Can California make a French dad pay for his kid? A test case is here | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of test case

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of test case

law : a legal case that will be used as an example when other similar cases are decided in the future

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see case sense 1a

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