obiter dictum

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

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing

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obiter dictum

noun
obi·ter dic·tum | \ˈō-bi-tər-ˈdik-təm, ˈä-bi- \
plural obiter dicta\-tə \

Legal Definition of obiter dictum 

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

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