- an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
- a saying; maxim.
- obiter dictum.
Origin of dictum
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Examples from the Web for dictum
Somehow I haven't been able to locate that dictum in the Quran, ahadith or sunan, but it must be there somewhere.Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police
April 9, 2013
In politics, the dictum ‘follow the money’ usually leads to uncomfortable truths.Partisan Journalists Are Following the Money All Too Literally
November 14, 2012
Because Sanford is not the only politician to disprove Scott Fitzgerald's dictum.Death of the Sex Scandal
Louise Roug Bokkenheuser
September 29, 2010
And so, rather than walking away from his fans, Costello should take heed of the dictum: “Where words fail, music speaks.”Elvis Costello Snubs Israel
May 20, 2010
There was a finality about the dictum that reassured his allies.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The dictum is that there is no such thing as falsehood; a man must either say what is true or say nothing.Euthydemus
We doubt, too, the dictum that the earliest poets are uniformly the best.
If you are in a mixed company, cultivate the dictum of "give and take."Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
This, however, is not accepted by all as the dictum of modern science.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
- a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
- a popular saying or maxim
- law See obiter dictum
Word Origin and History for dictum
1660s, from Latin dictum "thing said (a saying, bon-mot, prophecy, etc.), an order, command," neuter of dictus, past participle of dicere "say" (see diction). In legal use, a judge's expression of opinion which is not the formal resolution of a case.