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Precedent (précedent) subst. 1) original copy of a writing: “return the p. to these lords again,” John V, 2, 3. “the p. was full as long a doing,” R3 III, 6, 7.
2) presage, sign: “she seizes on his sweating palm, the p. of pith and livelihood,” Ven. 26.
3) example: “the p. whereof in Lucrece view,” Lucr. 1261. “who ever shunned by p. the destined ill she must herself assay?” Compl. 155. “thy case shall be my p.” Tp. II, 1, 291. “that I may example my digression by some mighty p.” LLL I, 2, 122. “'twill be recorded for a p.” Merch. IV, 1, 220. “lest barbarism, making me the p.” Wint. II, 1, 84. R2 II, 1, 130. H4A II, 4, 37. H6C II, 2, 33. H8 I, 2, 91. II, 2, 86. Tit. V, 3, 44. Hml. V, 2, 260. Lr. II, 3, 13. Cymb. III, 1, 75.
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