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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.

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