noun dic·tum \ˈdik-təm\

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

plural dic·ta \-tə\ also dictums

Full Definition of DICTUM

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