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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 dic·ta 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


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