test case


: a representative case whose outcome is likely to serve as a precedent
: a proceeding brought by agreement or on an understanding of the parties to obtain a decision as to the constitutionality of a statute

Examples of test case in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The test case was a doctored video of President Joe Biden that appeared on Facebook last May. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 In other wildlife news, my L.A. Times colleague Lila Seidman reports that the wolverine could be a valuable test case of whether our decades-old endangered species laws will be strong enough to protect at-risk animals in the age of climate change. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Although the program has been used in only a fraction of claims, some U.S. officials see it as a test case for a faster way to deal with families seeking refuge in America, where laws require the government to consider asylum claims from anyone who makes it onto U.S. soil. Hamed Aleaziz, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 And unfortunately, nearly everyone is a test case in this unprecedented global undertaking. Ziyad Al-Aly, CBS News, 28 Feb. 2024 Some businesses embraced the opportunity, which proved a successful test case for a move to digital payment processing, said Truman Bradley, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 30 Jan. 2024 Few drugmakers want to be the industry test case, so sticking with a conventional monkey study is the easy way to go. Erika Fry, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 The fire is likely to be seen as a key test case for airplane fuselages made from carbon-composite fibers, such as the A350 and the Boeing 787, instead of conventional aluminum skins. Mari Yamaguchi, Twin Cities, 2 Jan. 2024 European elections to be held in June are a test case for the growing popularity of her far-right National Rally. Samy Adghirni, Fortune Europe, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Test case.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20case. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

test case

see case sense 1a

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