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  1. Precedents

    In common law legal systems, a precedent or authority is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court or other tribunal when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts. The general principle in common law legal systems is that similar cases should be decided so as to give similar and predictable outcomes, and the principle of precedent is the mechanism by which that goal is attained. Black's Law Dictionary defines "precedent" as a "rule of law established for the first time by a court for a particular type of case and thereafter referred to in deciding similar cases." Common law precedent is a third kind of law, on equal footing with statutory law, and regulatory law. Stare decisis is a legal principle by which judges are obliged to respect the precedent established by prior decisions. The words originate from the phrasing of the principle in the Latin maxim Stare decisis et non quieta movere: "to stand by decisions and not disturb the undisturbed." In a legal context, this is understood to mean that courts should generally abide by precedent and not disturb settled matters.

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    The numerical value of precedents in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

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    The numerical value of precedents in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of precedents in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    And, you know, I am confident that any president who gets elected will be knowledgeable enough about foreign policy and knowledgeable enough about the traditions and precedents of presidential power that they won't start calling to question the capacity of the executive branch of the United States to enter into agreements with other countries.

  2. Brad Cook:

    Our precedents say we don't go there, personally, would I like the U.S. Supreme Court to decide these issues so we know what it is, so it doesn't keep coming up? Absolutely. Are we the vehicle to start that discussion? No, we're not.

  3. Mahmoud Sabbagh:

    I like to call my film a coming-of-age story rather than romantic comedy, i borrowed from so many genres in my film, because I said we are defining the perception of cinema, we have no precedents before us.

  4. Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Mentat Fixe:

    Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ablility to learn. The judgemental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.

  5. Judge Mario Carroza:

    There are precedents, facts that allow us to prosecute them for homicide, six of the accused will be charged as leaders of the attack and one as an accomplice.

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