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precedent -- as in: sets a precedent
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Crime and Punishment
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  • "Well, then it is a precedent for you for the future—though don’t suppose I should venture to instruct you after the articles you publish about crime!

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  • Precedent set by the Supreme Court must be followed by all lower courts.
  • It could happen—possibly, unlikely, but there is precedent—that the river might sweep my body all the way to the ocean.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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