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n. pl. dic·ta (-tə) or dic·tums
1. An authoritative, often formal pronouncement: "He cites Augustine's dictum that 'If you understand it, it is not God'" (Joseph Sobran).
2. Law A side remark made in a judicial opinion that is not necessary for the decision in the case and therefore is not to be regarded as establishing the law of the case or setting legal precedent. Also called obiter dictum.
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n, pl -tums or -ta (-tə)
1. a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
2. a popular saying or maxim
3. (Law) law See obiter dictum
[C16: from Latin, from dīcere to say]
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n., pl. -ta (-tə), -tums.
1. an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
2. a saying; maxim.
[1660–70; < Latin: a saying, command, word; compare index]
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|Noun||1.||dictum - an authoritative declaration |
declaration - a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written)
directive - a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity; "the boss loves to send us directives"
|2.||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"
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1. saying, saw, maxim, adage, proverb, precept, axiom, gnome the dictum that it is preferable to be roughly right than precisely wrong
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