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Dictum meaning

dictum - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm.
  2. 2. A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
  3. 3. The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
  4. 4. An arbitrament or award.
  5. 5. A remark, statement or observation of a judge that is not a necessary part of the legal reasoning needed to reach the decision in a case. Although dictum may be cited in a legal argument, it is not binding as legal precedent, meaning that other courts are not required to accept it. For example, if a defendant ran a stop sign and caused a collision, the judge's comments about the mechanical reliability of the particular make of the defendant's car would not be necessary to reach a decision in the case, and would be considered dictum. In future cases, lower court judges are free to ignore the comments when reaching their decisions. Dictum is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase " obiter dictum," which means a remark by the way, or an aside.
  6. 6. Authoritative saying.

dictum - examples of usage

  1. Part of his dictum that the form should express the thought is shown in his habitual fitting of his allusions to the subject he is treating.
  2. America did not oppose any of her citizens becoming Britons, if they thought fit, and was resolved to maintain the right of those who chose to become American citizens, from whatever country they might have emigrated, and therefore could hear only with contempt this dictum of abolitionism.
  3. We commend, in passing, the foregoing dictum of these accomplished Editors to the critical judgment of all candid and intelligent Readers.
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