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- Hyphenation: pre‧ce‧dent
- If something has a precedent, then either it has happened before or something very similar has happened before. A precedent is when a similar situation has preceded the current situation. People typically use precedent in an argument to claim that "if it happened before, then it can happen again".
- Outlawing tobacco products probably wouldn't work because of the precedent of prohibition in the 1920s.
- * You are arguing that it's possible for people to catch diseases from animals, but there is no precedent for that.