dic·​ta·​men | \ dikˈtāmən \
plural dictamina\ -​tamənə \

Definition of dictamen

: rule, pronouncement the dictamen of reason the dictamina of a master

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First Known Use of dictamen

circa 1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dictamen

Late Latin, from Latin dictare to pronounce, assert, dictate

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“Dictamen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictamen. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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