precedent (n.) Old form(s): President
example, instance, case
1H4 II.iv.32[Prince Hal to Poins] I'll show thee a precedent [Q1 present; F President]
KL II.iii.13[Edgar alone] The country gives me proof and precedent / Of Bedlam beggars [Q; F president]
Luc.1261[of men abusing women] The precedent whereof in Lucrece view
Tit V.iii.43[Titus to Saturninus, of the story of Virginius] A pattern, precedent, and lively warrant / For me, most wretched, to perform the like
Ven.26[of Adonis] his sweating palm, / The precedent of pith and livelihood
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