persuasive authority

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A decision or other pronouncement of law that, under the doctrine of precedent, a court may but need not apply when deciding the case before it. Persuasive authorities include decisions of courts of equal or lesser standing, decisions of courts outside the English legal system (particularly, courts of Commonwealth countries having systems based on the common law), * obiter dicta, and the opinions of eminent textbook writers.

Subjects: Law.

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