legal precedent

noun

  • Jurisprudence
  • Common law systems

Definitions of legal precedent

  • a past decision in a legal case that may be or must be (=binding precedent) followed (especially by courts lower than the court making the decision) in future similar cases

    When they went to the High Court to challenge further debts, and establish a legal precedent, they lost.

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