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prec·e·den·tial

 (prĕs′ĭ-dĕn′shəl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or constituting a precedent.
2. Having precedence.

precedential

(ˌprɛsɪˈdɛnʃəl)
adj
1. of, involving, or serving as a precedent
2. having precedence
ˌpreceˈdentially adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.precedential - having precedence (especially because of longer service); "precedential treatment for senior members of the firm"
senior - older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service; "senior officer"
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However, the government's course of action is strikingly irresponsible; indeed, only the careful work of some of the judges on the court of appeals kept the government from creating a difficult and precedentially unmerited rule for itself.
2003) ("A Court of Appeals' opinion that has been vacated by a majority of the Supreme Court without an expression of approval or disapproval of this Court's reasoning is not precedentially binding.
Such cases include "those in which a legal issue of first impression is decided, a legal principle is applied or extended to a recurring factual pattern, a significant exception to a previously announced general rule is created, or there are similarly significant and precedentially valuable cases.