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 With four competitive statewide races on the ballot in 2022, his newly purple home turf is the test case for Duncan's theory. Rick Klein, ABC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Didi—once feted for defeating Uber in China—has now become a test case for a broader Chinese government effort to curb the power of internet titans. Bloomberg News, Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Now, the company appears to be a key test case for businesses across Arkansas and the nation as employers consider the best options to encourage employees to vaccinate among the raging pandemic. Andrew Moreau, Arkansas Online, 15 Aug. 2021 The court proceedings could be a test case for Arizona school districts determined to defy Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 4 Aug. 2021 In that sense, Afghanistan is also a potential test case of something else—the ability of the U.S. and China to set aside their superpower competition to tackle security problems that threaten them both. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2021 Israel has been a test case of sorts—a window into what happens when the majority of a country is vaccinated quickly and efficiently with one type of vaccine. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 1 July 2021 Because the opposite is true in Britain, scientists say the country is a unique test case. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 One of my best friends turned out to be a perfect test case. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of test case

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Sep 2021

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“Test case.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20case. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of test case

: 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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