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noun as in authoritative example

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The effort is meant to set a legal precedent for mining on the lunar surface that would allow NASA to one day collect ice, helium or other materials useful to colonies on the moon and, eventually, Mars.

From Fortune

In the judicial branch, legal precedent still protects officers from the consequences of deadly force with qualified immunity.

From Vox

Some of the other ones, it’s just interesting, the nuance that the court has taken in terms of judicial precedent that they follow.

From Ozy

There is precedent for previous records being dismissed once disproven.

“While similar to AB 1460, the new CSU policy avoids setting a precedent for future curriculum decisions to be determined by the legislature,” he wrote in an email.

Indeed, the Japanese-owned corporation has set a horrible precedent.

Roberts has shown a tendency in other political law cases to make broad pronouncements, upsetting precedent.

“A scary precedent has been set,” she told the Observer back in May.

Furthermore, being designated as a victim of a separate genocide and not a Holocaust victim is precedent-setting.

Is there any recent precedent for a reluctant but strong warrior in Republican politics?

The council, however, resolved not to indulge the king, for fear of a dangerous precedent.

The Pope replied that reconciliation with the Church was an indispensable condition precedent.

Prothero's case defied all rule and precedent, and Brodrick was not prepared with a judgment of his own.

So dangerous a precedent being once admitted, it became necessary to resort to still other expedients.

An incident of this great experiment is worth recording, as possibly affording a hint and a precedent.


On this page you'll find 41 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to precedent, such as: criterion, antecedent, authority, exemplar, instance, and model.

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