stare decisis?ster-?-di-?s?-s?s, ?str-\nnoun : a doctrine or policy of following rules or principles laid down in previous judicial decisions unless they contravene the ordinary principles of justice Origin: Latin, to stand by decided matters. First use: 1782
I copied this from my App. Dictionary I don't know why these ???? are in between the words. Sorry, I do hope this helps you anyway.