first impression


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First Impression

The initial presentation to, or examination by, a court of a particular Question of Law.

A case is labeled of the first impression when it sets forth a completely original issue of law for decision by the court. Such a case cannot be decided by reliance on any existing precedent, law formulated in a prior case decided on a comparable question of law, or similar facts.

first impression

adj. referring to a legal issue which has never been decided by an appeals court and, therefore, there is no precedent for the court to follow. To reach a decision the court must use analogies from prior rulings by appeals courts, refer to commentaries and articles by legal scholars, and its own logic. In such cases the trial judge usually asks for legal briefs by attorneys for both sides to assist him/her.

first impression

noun earliest reaction, early reaccion, first blush reaction, first ever impression, first reaction, first sight impression, first stage, initial reaction, original reection, primary reaction, prime reactive
Associated concepts: case of first impression, first impression of the defendant on the jury
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The former to take good times, when first to relate to a man an angry business; for the first impression is much; and the other is, to sever, as much as may be, the construction of the injury from the point of contempt; imputing it to misunderstanding, fear, passion, or what you will.
When Pierre saw his neighbor next morning at dawn the first impression of him, as of something round, was fully confirmed: Platon's whole figure- in a French overcoat girdled with a cord, a soldier's cap, and bast shoes- was round.
Your first impression is that the end of the world has come; and then you think that this cannot be, and that it is thieves and murderers, or else fire, and this opinion you express in the usual method.
Though he asked no one about it, reluctantly and with feigned indifference answered his friends' inquiries as to how the book was going, and did not even inquire of the booksellers how the book was selling, Sergey Ivanovitch was all on the alert, with strained attention, watching for the first impression his book would make in the world and in literature.
He began to doubt whether he had been wise in acting on his first impression.
The first impression produced by her face was an impression of bones.
Jo saw and felt it, but said nothing at the time, and soon the first impression lost much of its power, for Beth seemed happy, no one appeared to doubt that she was better, and presently in other cares Jo fora time forgot her fear.
If danger threatens one of your vessels on the ocean, the first impression is the feeling of an abyss above and below.
Her heavenly nature has now received its first impression of earthly sin and violence.
I have not formed any opinion yet; but it seems to me at first impression that this is worse than anything I had expected.
Then, when no one was near, he took out books for himself; and perhaps because the first impression on his mind was made by an Eastern town, he found his chief amusement in those which described the Levant.
I want to judge whether he is a good story-teller; anything you like, prince-how you liked Switzerland, what was your first impression, anything.