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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Missouri's Republican Senate nominee Josh Hawley opposes a federal provision that bars religious organizations from political endorsements, and his upcoming appearance at a Baptist university may provide a test case for the future of the measure. Fox News, "Hawley to speak at university chapel, despite IRS guideline," 28 Sep. 2018 The lawsuit could serve as a test case for other states that are attempting to regulate net neutrality indirectly through state contracts. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law," 19 Oct. 2018 Here are six key works to track as test cases for the fall auctions—and the market’s trajectory overall. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art Market, Hoping the Good Times Keep Rolling, Prepares for N.Y. Sales," 6 Nov. 2018 As Democrats run on an anti-corruption message, Hunter, a Donald Trump-loving Marine veteran, seems like the perfect test case. Tara Golshan, Vox, "How this Mexican-Palestinian-American progressive is selling the anti-corruption message in Trump country," 15 Oct. 2018 Photo: Tony Dejak/Associated Press Judge Polster selected four test cases in Ohio—in Summit and Cuyahoga counties and the cities of Akron and Cleveland—to go to trial first. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Opioid Makers Ask Counties for Proof of Harm," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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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Legal Definition of test case

see case sense 1a

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