from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • 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 judgment that is not essential to the disposition of 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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  • Thanks for listing this, by the way.

    June 9, 2010