obiter dictum

noun obi·ter dic·tum \ ˌō-bə-tər-ˈdik-təm , ˌä- \

Definition of obiter dictum

plural obiter dicta play \ˌō-bə-tər-ˈdik-tə, ˌä-\
1 :an incidental and collateral opinion that is uttered by a judge but is not binding
2 :an incidental remark or observation

Origin and Etymology of obiter dictum

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- \

legal Definition of obiter dictum

plural obiter dicta play \-tə\
:an incidental and collateral remark that is uttered or written by a judge but is not binding :dictum

Origin and Etymology of obiter dictum

Late Latin, literally, something said in passing


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