Definitions for "PRECEDENT"
In Law, a previous decision, rule or practice which, in the absence of a definite statute, has whatever force and authority a Judge may choose to give it, thereby greatly simplifying his task of doing as he pleases. As there are precedents for everything, he has only to ignore those that make against his interest and accentuate those in the line of his desire. Invention of the precedent elevates the trial-at-law from the low estate of a fortuitous ordeal to the noble attitude of a dirigible arbitrament.
Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example.
A judicial decision which serves as a rule for future determinations in similar or analogous cases; an authority to be followed in courts of justice; forms of proceeding to be followed in similar cases.
Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services.
A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign.
Keywords:  predeceased, spouse
Predeceased Spouse
Keywords:  suing, trial
sued / suing trial u - z
an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
a something that comes before something else and serves as an example of or justification for it
Guide or example which has been used before.
Keywords:  draught, rough, writing, copy, finished
A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
Keywords:  significance, order, time
preceding in time, order, or significance
Keywords:  activity
Preceding activity.