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set a precedent

To do something that establishes a standard, pattern, or policy that will be used in the future. The court's decision in this case will set a precedent that affects the lives of all citizens going forward. I'd rather that you don't let Tommy eat his dinner in front of the television—I don't want to set a bad precedent for mealtimes.
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set a precedent

to establish a pattern; to set a policy that must be followed in future cases. I'll do what you ask this time, but it doesn't set a precedent. We've already set a precedent in matters such as these.
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set a precedent

Establish a usage, tradition, or standard to be followed in the future. For example, He set a precedent by having the chaplain lead the academic procession. The word precedent here signifies a previous instance or legal decision upon which future instances are based, a usage dating from the early 1400s. In British and American law it more specifically refers to a legal decision that may be used as a standard in subsequent cases.
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It's difficult to judge a person based on physical appearance and this may set a bad precedent and a source of violation for human rights,' Concepcion said in Filipino on GMA 7's 'Unang Hirit' on Friday.
'Asking the law minister to resign under threat and blackmail will set a bad precedent,' PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar says.
Aquino III for usurpation of authority over the Mamasapano incident would set a bad precedent for the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
It will set a bad precedent. Otherwise, lahat ng palpak na mission sa Armed Forces of the Philippines at PNP pwede mo file-an ng kaso yung commander in chief,' he said.
"Bill White gave perhaps his clearest answer yet on the debate about debates today, telling WBAP-AM's Mark Davis that the reason he won't release certain tax returns to meet Rick Perry's demand for a debate is that it would set a bad precedent." - Bill White says releasing tax returns for debate would set 'bad precedent', Trail Blazers
Faculty are worried that the Tulane dismissals might set a bad precedent. Says Roger Bowen, AAUP general counsel: "While we can empathize with the terrible disaster, it's difficult to be silent when so many faculty are losing their jobs, and in the absence of good data to demonstrate that that should happen." The AAUP sent a letter to the University of New Orleans in April addressing faculty layoffs there.
The parishes had sent their diocesan payments directly to the church's national office in Toronto, but, at the request of the diocese, General Synod has not cashed the cheques, saying it would set a bad precedent of a special relationship between individual parish churches and the national office.
The AICPA was concerned this provision would set a bad precedent for other federal assistance programs, and it cautioned that the inspector general would contract with only regional or large accounting firms to ease contract management and administration, harming smaller local firms that traditionally performed these audits.
Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said that Vice President Jejomar Binay had set a bad precedent as an aspiring future leader of the country when he snubbed an invitation from the Senate blue ribbon committee to appear at the hearing on Thursday.
He argued that for the second highest executive official of the land would be summoned to the Senate would set a bad precedent.
MANILA -- Saying it will set a bad precedent, Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday decided not to attend the Senate blue ribbon committee.
"This will set a bad precedent, where the Vice President, the second highest official of the land, can be summoned to a hearing by some senators," Binay said in his letter addressed to committee chair Senator Teofisto Guingona III.
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