precedent noun

ADJ. bad, dangerous, unfortunate | good, important | historical | judicial, legal

VERB + PRECEDENT serve as This case could could serve as a precedent for others against the tobacco companies. | have | create, establish, provide, set This lowering of standards sets a dangerous precedent for future developments. | cite, quote | find | base sth on, use sth as The judge based his decision on precedents set during the Middle Ages. | follow

PREP. without ~ The achievements of this period were without precedent in history. | ~ for Many precedents can be found for this decision.