Translation of "precedent" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /ˈpres.ɪ.dənt/ us /-ə.dent/

A an action, situation, or decision that has already happened and can be used as a reason why a similar action or decision should be performed or made

There are several precedents for promoting people who don’t have formal qualifications.
Some politicians fear that agreeing to the concession would set a dangerous precedent.

A [ no plural ] the way that something has been done in the past that therefore shows that it is the correct way

Would it be breaking with precedent for the bride to make a speech?

A specialized law a decision about a particular legal case that makes it likely that other similar cases will be decided in the same way

The judgment on pension rights has established/set a precedent.

(Translation of “precedent” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)