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precedent -- as in: sets a precedent
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  • In spite of her sedentary habits such abrupt decisions were not without precedent in Zeena’s history.
  • It was the builder’s custom to pay at the end of three months, and there was no precedent between the two men for a cash settlement.

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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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