- Something that has occurred before, in terms of time, arrangement, order, or importance
- A ruling made by a court that is used as an example for making decisions in similar future cases
- The judge's ruling in the current case may establish a precedent for future cases.
- The decision of this case may serve as a precedent, influencing the outcomes of similar cases in the future.
- The lawyer referred to a previous case as a precedent to strengthen his argument.