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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dictum  \Dic"tum\,  n.;  pl  L.  {Dicta},  E.  {Dictums}.  [L.,  neuter 
  of  dictus,  p.  p.  of  dicere  to  say  See  {Diction},  and  cf 
  {Ditto}.] 
  1.  An  authoritative  statement;  a  dogmatic  saying;  an 
  apothegm. 
 
  A  class  of  critical  dicta  everywhere  current.  --M. 
  Arnold. 
 
  2.  (Law) 
  a  A  judicial  opinion  expressed  by  judges  on  points  that 
  do  not  necessarily  arise  in  the  case,  and  are  not 
  involved  in  it 
  b  (French  Law)  The  report  of  a  judgment  made  by  one  of 
  the  judges  who  has  given  it  --Bouvier. 
  c  An  arbitrament  or  award. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dictum 
  n  1:  an  authoritative  declaration  [syn:  {pronouncement},  {say-so}] 
  2:  an  opinion  voiced  by  a  judge  on  a  point  of  law  not  directly 
  bearing  on  the  case  in  question  and  therefore  not  binding 
  [syn:  {obiter  dictum}] 




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