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precedent -- as in: sets a precedent
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The Fountainhead
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  • It is contrary to every principle we have tried to teach you, contrary to all established precedents and traditions of Art.
  • Mrs. Sanborn learned that she had an ally in the contractor, and she broke social precedent to the extent of inviting him for tea.
  • But he decided against it, because there was no precedent to follow under the circumstances: because Heller had paid him for his efforts, and the house had been actually designed by Roark; and because no one ever sued Austen Heller.
  • Before each new venture he studied the field for a long time, then proceeded to act as if he had never heard of it, upsetting all precedent.
  • It has reached a scale of horror without precedent.

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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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