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obiter dictum

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noun, obi·ter dic·tum \ˌō-bə-tər-ˈdik-təm, ˌä-\

Definition of obiter dictum

plural obiter dicta play \-tə\

  1. 1 :  an incidental and collateral opinion that is uttered by a judge but is not binding

  2. 2 :  an incidental remark or observation



Origin of obiter dictum

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing


First Known Use: 1812


Law Dictionary

obiter dictum

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noun obi·ter dic·tum \ˈō-bi-tər-ˈdik-təm, ˈä-bi-\

Legal Definition of obiter dictum

plural obiter dicta \-tə\ play

  1. :  an incidental and collateral remark that is uttered or written by a judge but is not binding :  dictum



Origin of obiter dictum

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing


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