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

Examples of test case in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In June, Adams Morgan became a test case for streeteries in D.C. by blocking the entire street to traffic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Eviction problems, student pushback, coastal rental boom: News from around our 50 states," 9 Sep. 2020 As such, Neil Young's copyright lawsuit is likely to provide an important test case for whether musicians are able to stop politicians using their songs. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Trump and ‘Hallelujah’: Why it’s so hard to stop campaigns from playing songs, even when artists object," 31 Aug. 2020 Just as Unhinged was an amuse-bouche for theatergoers, Tenet will also be something of a test case. David Sims, The Atlantic, "American Theaters Are Back in Business. Sort Of.," 26 Aug. 2020 The execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Diné citizen, was a long, grisly test case about tribal sovereignty. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Federal Government Killed a Navajo Man Just to Prove It Could," 26 Aug. 2020 But the maker of elevators and escalators has become an enticing test case for a more activist-friendly stock market. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Japanese Elevator That’s Ready to Climb," 14 Aug. 2020 The doctors advised that there was more, much more to evaluating the dangers of COVID-19 than simply looking at a fairly low death rate per positive test case. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "How our own spectacular failure is leading to the cancellation of college football," 11 Aug. 2020 Birx described Arizona as a test case for the federal government's new series of mitigation strategies, which include local mask mandates, limited restaurant service, bar closures and limiting social gatherings. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Trump, Birx praise Arizona as new national model for battling coronavirus pandemic," 6 Aug. 2020 The app was a test case for whether the US and Chinese tech spheres could come together, and that experiment appears to have failed. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Trump's TikTok Drama Is a Distraction," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of test case

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Sep 2020

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“Test case.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20case. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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