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precedent

US [ˈpresɪdənt]
UK ['presɪdənt]
  • n.先例;前例;可援用参考的具体例子;实例
  • adj.在前的;优先的
  • Web判例;惯例;在先的
Plural Form:precedents  
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n.
1.
[c][u]
可援用参考的具体例子;实例;范例an official action or decision that has happened in the past and that is seen as an example or a rule to be followed in a similar situation later
The ruling set a precedent for future libel cases.
这项裁决为今后的诽谤案提供了判例。
2.
[c][u]
先前出现的事例;前例;先例a similar action or event that happened earlier
historical precedents
历史前例
There is no precedent for a disaster of this scale.
这种规模的灾难是空前的。
Such protests are without precedent in recent history.
这类抗议事件在近代史上没有发生过。
3.
[u]
传统;常例;常规the way that things have always been done
to break with precedent(= to do sth in a different way)
打破常规

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