obiter dictum

noun
obi·​ter dic·​tum | \ ˌō-bə-tər-ˈdik-təm How to pronounce obiter dictum (audio) , ˌä- \
plural obiter dicta\ ˌō-​bə-​tər-​ˈdik-​tə How to pronounce obiter dictum (audio) , ˌä-​ \

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

First Known Use of obiter dictum

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obiter dictum

borrowed from Late Latin, "something said in passing"

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obiter dictum

noun
obi·​ter dic·​tum | \ ˈō-bi-tər-ˈdik-təm, ˈä-bi- How to pronounce obiter dictum (audio) \
plural obiter dicta\ -​tə How to pronounce obiter dictum (audio) \

Legal Definition of obiter dictum

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

History and Etymology for obiter dictum

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing

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