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 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 But the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are about to get another test case. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Philadelphia weather: Expect flooding, high winds, maybe even snow," 1 Mar. 2018 Advisers said this contest, which Markey won, was a test case for your $74 million effort in the 2014 election cycle. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Can an impeachment campaign actually work? And six more questions for Tom Steyer," 10 July 2018 Jones is an interesting test case of film vs. testing numbers. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Jamarco Jones, NFL Draft 2018: When should the Ohio State offensive tackle be picked?," 25 Apr. 2018 There was even a bit of a test case in the June 5 primary, when Orange County voters recalled a Democratic legislator who voted for the gas tax increase. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Bill for the Ballot Battle Over California Gas Tax Might Reach $75 Million," 9 July 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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