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precedent
used in Oliver Twist

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an example from a prior time — typically used to justify similar occurrences at a later time (especially a judicial decision)
  • If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and various other agreeable characters too numerous for recital within the limits of this chapter.
    Chapter 7 — Oliver Continues Refactory (61% in)

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