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obiter dictum

[ob-i-ter dik-tuh m] /ˈɒb ɪ tər ˈdɪk təm/
noun, plural obiter dicta
[ob-i-ter dik-tuh] /ˈɒb ɪ tər ˈdɪk tə/ (Show IPA)
an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc.
Law. an incidental or supplementary opinion by a judge in deciding a case, upon a matter not essential to the decision, and therefore not binding as precedent.
Origin of obiter dictum
1805-15; < Latin: (a) saying by the way Unabridged
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obiter dictum

/ˈɒbɪtə ˈdɪktəm; ˈəʊ-/
noun (pl) obiter dicta (ˈdɪktə)
(law) an observation by a judge on some point of law not directly in issue in the case before him and thus neither requiring his decision nor serving as a precedent, but nevertheless of persuasive authority
any comment, remark, or observation made in passing
Word Origin
Latin: something said in passing
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Word Origin and History for obiter dictum

"statement in passing," a judge's expression of opinion not regarded as binding or decisive, Latin, literally "something said incidentally;" see obiter + dictum.

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