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precedent
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
an example from a prior time — typically used to justify similar occurrences at a later time (especially a judicial decision)
  • There's your law of precedents; there's your utility of traditions; there's the story of your obstinate survival of old beliefs never bottomed on the earth, and now not even hovering in the air!
    Chapters 67-69 -- Cutting In; The Blanket; The Funeral (96% in)

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