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n. pl. obiter dicta (-tə) Law
[Latin, something said in passing : obiter, in passing + dictum, something said, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say.]
obiter dictum(ˈɒbɪtə ˈdɪktəm; ˈəʊ-)
n, pl obiter dicta (ˈdɪktə)
1. (Law) law an observation by a judge on some point of law not directly in issue in the case before him or her and thus neither requiring a decision nor serving as a precedent, but nevertheless of persuasive authority
2. any comment, remark, or observation made in passing
[Latin: something said in passing]
ob•i•ter dic•tum(ˈɒb ɪ tər ˈdɪk təm)
n., pl. obiter dic•ta (ˈdɪk tə)
1. an incidental remark or opinion.
2. a judicial opinion in a matter related but not essential to a case.
[1805–15; < Latin: (a) saying by the way]
A Latin phrase meaning something said in passing.
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|Noun||1.||obiter dictum - an incidental remark|
|2.||obiter dictum - an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding|
judgement, legal opinion, opinion, judgment - the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision; "opinions are usually written by a single judge"