first impression

Definition of "first impression"
  1. An uncharted legal issue that has not been previously decided by an appeals court, requiring the court to rely on its reasoning, references to analogous cases, and academic legal writings to reach a decision
How to use "first impression" in a sentence
  1. The judge asked for legal briefs from both attorneys to resolve the case of first impression.
  2. The court had to break new ground, the case being one of first impression.
  3. The legal question posed was a matter of first impression, without any precedent to guide the judgment.

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