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- noun (Law) An incidental and collateral opinion uttered by a judge. See
dictum, n., 2 (a).
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- noun law a statement or remark in a court's
judgmentthat is not essential to the dispositionof the case.
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- noun an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
- noun an incidental remark
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin, something said in passing : obiter, in passing + dictum, something said, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say.]
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Latin “a saying by the way”
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hernesheir commented on the word obiter dictum
Thanks for listing this, by the way.
June 9, 2010