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obiter dictum

noun obi·ter dic·tum \ˌō-bə-tər-ˈdik-təm, ˌä-\
plural obiter dic·ta \-tə\

Definition of OBITER DICTUM

1
:  an incidental and collateral opinion that is uttered by a judge but is not binding
2
:  an incidental remark or observation
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Origin of OBITER DICTUM

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing
First Known Use: 1812

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