test case

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Chicago is offering financial help to developers willing to convert aging office towers into residential buildings, a new program that could become a test case for other cities looking to promote these office conversions. Peter Grant, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2022 The proceeding, which is expected to last four to six weeks, will be both a primer on the inner workings of the Oath Keepers and a kind of test case for the sedition conspiracy charge. Alan Feuer, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2022 So this is really a test case for conservative prosecutors around the country who are really going to watch this and say, does this work? Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2022 Conveying Monroe’s reality so vividly presents a test case for how far Hollywood has come — or not — since her day. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Sep. 2022 Energy used by different A/C strategies Consider a test case of a small home with typical insulation in two warm climates: dry (Arizona) and humid (Georgia). Aisling Pigott, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 As with the other recent corporate spinoffs, the new Kellogg entities will provide a test case of financial performance. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, 21 June 2022 As with the other recent corporate spinoffs, the new Kellogg entities will provide a test case of financial performance. Hamza Shaban, BostonGlobe.com, 21 June 2022 Florida is now a test case for the response of American business to government interference in the private sector. CNN, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of test case was in 1850

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“Test case.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20case. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Legal Definition

test case

see case sense 1a

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