Definition of dictum :
1. A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
2. An arbitrament or award.
3. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm.
4. The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
maxim, obiter dictum, apothegm, assertion, declaration, pronouncement, dominance, truism, dictate, authorisation, passing comment, say-so, decree, authorization, announcement, judgment, authority, aphorism, potency
instruction (part of speech: noun)
- Dr. Hanslick's dictum that music has no other means for its expression than movement and symbolism cannot be admitted. - "Wagner's Tristan und Isolde", George Ainslie Hight.
- This was in 1613, a century and a half after the dictum of Prisot. - "Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson", Thomas Jefferson.
- Many there were, in spite of what they had seen, who maintained that his mind had been unhinged by grief, and that instead of turning their backs upon him, they must support him all the more loyally; but in the main it was believed that the opposition editor's dictum was correct, and that he had insulted them by appearing on the platform in a state of intoxication. - "The Man Who Rose Again", Joseph Hocking.