precedent (n.) Old form(s): president
original text from which a copy is made
KJ V.ii.3[Lewis the Dauphin to Melun, of a treaty with the English lords] Return the precedent to these lords again
R3[Scrivener alone, of Hastings' indictment] Eleven hours I have spent to write it over ... / The precedent was full as long a-doing

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