precedence vs precedents : Common Errors in English

About precedence vs precedents

Although these words sound the same, they work differently. The pop staris given precedence over the factory worker at the entrance to the danceclub. “Precedents” is just the plural of “precedent": “If we let thekids adopt that rattlesnake as a pet and agree to let them take it for awalk in Death Valley, we’ll be setting some bad precedents.”

precedence Meaning(s)

  • (n) status established in order of importance or urgency
  • (n) preceding in time
  • (n) the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)

precedence in News

  • Supreme Court strikes down Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship to vote

    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that requires people to submit proof of citizenship when they register to vote.The vote was 7-2. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, said that a 1993 federal law known as the Motor Voter Act takes precedence over the Arizona law because of its requirement that states “accept and use” the federal voter registration form.Justices ...
    on June 17, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

precedents in News

  1. All News

    Graham Motion’s work with Animal Kingdom was exceptional because he defied so many precedents in the Derby. His European-style training regimen got Animal Kingdom ready to deliver a powerful effort.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Daily Racing Form

  2. Detroit wades into uncharted territory with possibility of bankruptcy

    As Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr meets with creditors of the deeply indebted city this week, bankruptcy lawyers, credit analysts, lenders and government officials around the country are keeping a close eye on whether he can prevent a municipal bankruptcy and, if not, what legal precedents might be set for other cities in crisis.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. Misreading History into Wars

    Official Washington’s “tough-guy-ism” often cites historical precedents, like Hitler at Munich or the Rwanda genocide, as simplistic justifications for new wars.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: consortiumnews.com

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