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precedent
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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)
  • It did occur to him that he could perhaps get some help by praying for it; but as the prayers he said every evening were forms learned by heart, he rather shrank from the novelty and irregularity of introducing an extempore passage on a topic of petition for which he was not aware of any precedent.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (47% in)
  • It was not safe to be too confident, even about the best of men; an apostle had fallen, and wept bitterly afterwards; and though Peter's denial was not a close precedent, his repentance was likely to be.
    7.4 -- Book 7 Chapter 4 -- Maggie and Lucy (44% in)

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