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Synonyms for precedent
ˈprɛs ɪ dənt; prɪˈsid nt, ˈprɛs ɪ dəntprece·dent

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. precedent

    A precedent is an authoritative case, example, or instance. The communism of the early Christians in Jerusalem is a wonderful example or instance of Christian liberality, but not a precedent for the universal church through all time. Cases decided by irregular or unauthorized tribunals are not precedents for the regular administration of law. An obiter dictum is an opinion outside of the case in hand, which can not be quoted as an authoritative precedent. Compare CAUSE; EXAMPLE.

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, authority, case, example, instance, obiter dictum, pattern, warrant

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. precedent

    Synonyms:
    anterior, prior, earlier

    Antonyms:
    subsequent, posterior, inter

  2. precedentnoun

    Synonyms:
    instance, example, authority, warrant, antecedent, pattern

    Antonyms:
    prohibition, diswarrant, disallowance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. precedent, case in pointnoun

    an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time

    Synonyms:
    case in point, common law, case law

    Antonyms:
    succeeding(a)

  2. case law, precedent, common lawnoun

    (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions

    Synonyms:
    case in point, common law, case law

    Antonyms:
    succeeding(a)

  3. common law, case law, precedentnoun

    a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedents rather than statutory laws

    "common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States"

    Synonyms:
    case in point, common law, case law

    Antonyms:
    succeeding(a)

  4. precedentadjective

    a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)

    Synonyms:
    case in point, common law, case law

    Antonyms:
    succeeding(a)

  5. precedentadjective

    preceding in time, order, or significance

    Antonyms:
    succeeding(a)

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Editors Contribution

  1. example

    model; an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances

    Submitted by anonymous on March 8, 2021  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. precedentadjective

    Synonyms:
    antecedent, PRECEDING

  2. precedentnoun

    Synonyms:
    authoritative example

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "precedent":

    previous, preceding, prev, jurisprudence, foregoing, case-law

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How to use precedent in a sentence?

  1. One Senate Republican aide:

    Rob Boatright added. One Senate Republican aide said Democrats should follow recent precedent, not the shrill calls of partisan opposition groups. When President Obama took office, The Senate confirmed seven of his nominees President Obama first day in office, and nearly all of them within two weeks.

  2. Keith Lerner:

    Even if we were to see further weakness near term, markets would still be up double-digits from (Monday's) level a year later, if past precedent holds.

  3. Megan Huchko:

    When setting the stage for a universal health coverage debate, it really introduces the idea that family planning and reproductive health may not be included services and that's a dangerous precedent, we see this increasing understanding that people need access to reproductive health services and this feels like a definite step backwards when talking about medicines and vaccines, but explicitly excluding reproductive health.

  4. Steve Vladeck:

    Today's decision is another victory for religious groups, but not the major one that they sought, the court's three most conservative justices wanted to overturn three decades of precedent and subject virtually all government regulations that even incidentally impact religious practice to the most exacting judicial scrutiny. But Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Barrett appeared unwilling, or at least not yet ready, to make such a move -- resting the decision on narrower grounds.

  5. Lisa Grant Ludwig:

    The record of past earthquakes tells us what could happen in the future because we know it happened in the past, this precedent carries the implications that similar joint ruptures are possible in the future and that the San Jacinto fault plays a more significant role in seismic hazard in southern California than previously considered.


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