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precedent -- as in: sets a precedent
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  • There is precedent for this: Liet serves two masters.
  • To have others see royalty in such straits—it set a bad 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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