Meaning of “test case” in the English Dictionary

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"test case" in British English

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test casenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtest ˌkeɪs/ us /ˈtest ˌkeɪs/

a case in a law court that establishes principles in relation to which other similar cases are considered in the future

(Definition of “test case” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"test case" in American English

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test casenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtest ˌkeɪs/

a case in a court that establishes principles which are used to decide other similar cases in the future

(Definition of “test case” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"test case" in Business English

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test casenoun [ C ]

uk us LAW

a case in a court of law or another situation that will be used as an example when other similar cases are considered in the future:

be/serve as a test case (to do sth) The trial is a test case to establish what liability bankers should have in mergers and acquisitions.
be seen as a test case for/of sth The new proposals are seen as a test case of the Commission's support for free markets.
The two associations are bringing a legal test case against the current policy on work permits.

(Definition of “test case” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)