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precedent (noun) earlier example of a rule or a decision.

A precedent is an official action or a rule that has happened earlier, and can thus be followed later in a similar situation. ‘There has been no precedent of a man being hanged for theft in this country.’ This means that no one in this country has so far been hanged in the country for theft. If it is done now, it will be the first such incident.

  • There has been no precedent of any one from the community marrying a person from outside the community. The members of the community have so far married only from their own community.
  • There have been two or three precedents of non-whites being elected to the senate, and this colored woman being elected now is nothing new.
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