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precedent (s) (noun), precedents (pl)
1. A previous act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances: In law, a judicial decision that may be used as a precedent in comparable cases that take place at a later time.
2. An example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time: Margaret set a precedent by being the first woman executive in her company.
5. Etymology: "to go before" in rank or importance, from Modern French preceder, from Latin præcedere, "to go before" from præ-, "before" + cedere, "to go".
Something said or done that is a model for others to do.
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Anything that is said or done that provides an example for others to follow.
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This entry is located in the following units: -cede, -ceed, -cess, -cease (page 4) pre-, prae- (page 3)
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precedent (PRES i duhnt) (noun)
1. The occurrence of something that sets an example for others: He set a precedent for his employees by coming to work an hour early every day.
2. A custom or an activity that has become established over time: Having a meal break at midday seemed to be the precedent at Jack's new job.
president (PREZ i duhnt, PREZ i dent") (noun)
1. An individual who has been chosen to serve as the chief of state in a government: She was the first female president elected to the office in 75 years.
2. A person who is the chief official or officer in a business or corporation: The Board of Directors at the company elected Linda's uncle as President of the Board for a two-year term.
3. Somebody who is chosen to lead or officiate over a meeting: The president of the parents' organization called the assemblage to order.

The president of the company set a new precedent by inviting all of the employees for refreshments in her office on her first day on the job.