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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His four-year lawsuit was once a federal test case and had come to embody the debate about transgender student rights. CBS News, "Federal judge rules Virginia school board discriminated against former student with transgender bathroom ban," 9 Aug. 2019 Two of my test cases, Bannack State Park in Montana and Harriman State Park in Idaho, are within 100 miles as the crow flies from Yellowstone National Park. Peter Kujawinski, New York Times, "Rich in Surprises and Secrets, There’s a State Park Waiting for You," 29 July 2019 Tesla is already providing us with somewhat of a test case since tax incentives on its cars in the US have already begun rolling back now that the auto maker has exceeded the maximum number of sales allowed under the rule. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The electric car revolution is coming. This is what has to happen first," 18 July 2019 Cities like Seattle and states like Massachusetts have been a test case for the federal wage increase. Teen Vogue, "Pramila Jayapal and Ayanna Pressley: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Women's Issue," 18 July 2019 This voyage is a chance for Muckermann and her team to kick the tires on the S.A.L.T. concept, and to try out some new adventures, using our group as a test case. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "With S.A.L.T., Silversea Is Completely Rewriting How Cruises Do Food," 18 July 2019 When Pardew was approached about the idea, NBCUniversal seemed to suggest that this game was a test case. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Downton Abbey-Themed Escape Game Just Opened in Salt Lake City," 17 July 2019 More than two-thirds of poor women in the U.S. can't afford to purchase feminine hygiene products, according to one recent study that isolated the low-income population of St. Louis as a test case. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Free tampons for students: Boston latest to tackle 'period poverty' with $100K program," 19 June 2019 And on another level, will Winston’s or Mariota’s ultimate fate serve as a test case for teams, since both guys had issues coming out of college that have impacted their careers as pros? Albert Breer, SI.com, "For Winston and Mariota, 2019 Will Be a Make-or-Break Season," 24 June 2019

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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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