ETYM Latin praecedens, -entis, p. pr. of praecedere: cf. French précédent. Related to Precede.
Preceding in time, order, or significance.
Prior in time, order, arrangement, or significance.
Sinonimi: case in point
An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time; SYN. case in point.
Common law principle that, in deciding a particular case, judges are bound to follow any applicable principles of law laid down by superior courts in earlier reported cases.