precedents

[ noun pres-i-duh nt; adjective pri-seed-nt, pres-i-duh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF precedents
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There were mountains of precedents on this side or that, as you pleased.

He did no more than follow the precedents of his own and every surrounding nation.

He ventured to declare—following the precedents—that she had treated him shamefully.

These were chiefly well-meaning folks, not much given to the study of precedents.

We've certainly upset some precedents, broken some rules, and maybe some laws.

At the head of the nation, when precedents were useless, he was governed by justice only.

What can be taught by rule of thumb is the administration of precedents.

But precedents are nothing when the bosom is deeply stirred.

It is easy to cite very "orthodox" precedents for such manifestations.

But precedents, if bad, are fraught with the most dangerous consequences.