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dictum

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noun dic·tum \ˈdik-təm\

Simple Definition of dictum

  • : a statement or well-known remark that expresses an important idea or rule

Full Definition of dictum

plural dic·ta play \-tə\ also dictums

  1. 1 :  a noteworthy statement: as a :  a formal pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion b :  an observation intended or regarded as authoritative

  2. 2 :  a judge's expression of opinion on a point other than the precise issue involved in determining a case

Examples of dictum

  1. A doctor must follow the dictum of First, do no harm.



Origin of dictum

Latin, from neuter of dictus, past participle of dicere


First Known Use: 1599

Rhymes with dictum



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