• An act in the past which may be used as an example to help decide the outcome of similar instances in the future.
  • A decided case which is cited or used as an example to justify a judgment in a subsequent case.
  • An established habit or custom.
  • The aforementioned (thing).
  • The previous version.
  • A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.



  • To provide precedents for.
  • To be a precedent for.


  • From Middle French, from Old French, from Latin praecēdēns, present participle of praecedo; See precede.

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