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(n.) A rough draught of a writing which precedes a finished copy.
(n.) Something done or said that may serve as an example to authorize a subsequent act of the same kind; an authoritative example.
(a.) Going before; anterior; preceding; antecedent; as, precedent services.
(n.) A judicial decision which serves as a rule for future determinations in similar or analogous cases; an authority to be followed in courts of justice; forms of proceeding to be followed in similar cases.
(n.) A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a sign.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Precedent'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​web/​p/precedent.html. 1828.