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Explain what a precedent is. Identify three precedents to the United States Constitution.

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  1. I figured out what a precedent is after I posted this question, but I can't figure out any for the US constitution.

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    posted by Tiff
  2. Here's one:

    What else can you think of? Go back into your text and read, read, read.

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    posted by Writeacher
  3. What about ratifying the constitution?

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    posted by Tiff
  4. How is that a precedent? Did the English have such an idea in any of their government documents that are echoed here? Or someone else?

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    posted by Writeacher
  5. What about this?
    Precedent means "a decision that can be legally used due to the current situation"

    For example, in the US constitution:
    1) "The Ratification of the Conventions of 9 states, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the states so ratifying the Same"

    2) "All debts contracted and Engagements entered into, before the adoption of this constitution, shall be as valid against the US under this Constitution, as under the Confederation"

    3) "No person held to Service or Labour in One state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labour, but shall be delivered up on claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due".

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