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"In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely __ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent, the novice law clerk __ the scope of the justice's judgment.
A. synthesized...limited
B. overturned...misunderstood
C. endorsed...nullified
D. qualified...overemphasized
E. recapitulated...defined"

I was caught up with the first blank: "the justice's pronouncement merely ___ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent"

What contrasts with establishing a precedent?
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Hello Jeff

Try looking at it this way: to 'establish a precedent', you have to 'create something new'.

So the justice's pronouncement has done something to 'previous decisions', but it hasn't 'created something new'.

A parallel:

'He knocked down the wall, but did not build a new one.'

Does that help?

MrP
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so is the answe C?
endorsed.......nullified
Not quite, joeviee – 'nullify' doesn't really work with 'scope'.

Try again?

MrP
It must be "A" then....hope i'm right this time.....Emotion: smile
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It’s D, joeviee. Rather than establishing a precedent, the justice just qualified previous decisions.

Anyway “synthesized previous decisions” makes no sense to me. And the sentence “the clerk limited the scope of the justice’s judgment” would not work, since the justice didn’t actually establish a precedent.
Uh-oh. I had chosen B.

Back to school for me...

MrP
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You're kidding, ain't you? First I don't think it's okay to say "misunderstand the scope of the justice's judgment.
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