Meaning of test case

test' case"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a typical case whose court decision may be interpreted as a precedent for application in future similar cases.
  2. a legal action taken, sometimes deliberately by agreement of both parties, with a special view to determining the position of the law on some matter, as the constitutionality of a statute.
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