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precedent
used in Gulliver's Travels

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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)
  • Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for and against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (70% in)
  • As to the decision of civil causes, or proceedings against criminals, their precedents are so few, that they have little reason to boast of any extraordinary skill in either.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (79% in)
  • These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities to justify the most iniquitous opinions; and the judges never fail of directing accordingly.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (37% in)
  • For instance, in the case already mentioned; they never desire to know what claim or title my adversary has to my cow; but whether the said cow were red or black; her horns long or short; whether the field I graze her in be round or square; whether she was milked at home or abroad; what diseases she is subject to, and the like; after which they consult precedents, adjourn the cause from time to time, and in ten, twenty, or thirty years, come to an issue.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (38% in)

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