Definition:(noun) an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
(noun) (civil law) a law established by following earlier judicial decisions
(noun) a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
(noun) a system of jurisprudence based on judicial #######s rather than statutory laws; "common law originated in the unwritten laws of England and was later applied in the United States"
(adjective satellite) preceding in time, order, or significance
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