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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law An opinion voiced by a judge that has only incidental bearing on the case in question and is therefore not binding. Also called dictum.
  • n. An incidental remark or observation; a passing comment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a statement or remark in a court's judgment that is not essential to the disposition of the case.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An incidental and collateral opinion uttered by a judge. See dictum, n., 2 (a).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
  • n. an incidental remark

Etymologies

Latin, something said in passing : obiter, in passing + dictum, something said, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin “a saying by the way” (Wiktionary)

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