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precedent
used in King Lear

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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)
  • The country gives me proof and precedent Of Bedlam beggars, who, with roaring voices, Strike in their numb'd and mortified bare arms Pins, wooden pricks, nails, sprigs of rosemary; And with this horrible object, from low farms, Poor pelting villages, sheep-cotes, and mills, Sometime with lunatic bans, sometime with prayers, Enforce their charity.
    2.3 — Act 2 Scene 3 — The open Country (59% in)

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