- a plural of dictum.
- an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
- a saying; maxim.
- obiter dictum.
Origin of dictum
Examples from the Web for dicta
From here on, he was a philosopher, a sage, and his interviews were stuffed full of dicta, parables and eternal paradoxes.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
Although such concerns only appear as dicta in Baby Girl, there is no question that they are present.Close Call for Native American Rights in Ruling on Baby Girl
June 26, 2013
These dicta are all tried and true, but they have the failings common to platitudes.College Teaching
The two dicta are in direct opposition, yet both may be accepted.Proverb Lore
F. Edward Hulme
He was not accustomed to hear his dicta even so slightly questioned by a lad.Sturdy and Strong
G. A. Henty
With this apology I come to some among the dicta current in my time.Tennyson and His Friends
Laurie then was not in the most favorable of moods to receive the dicta of the Vicar.The Necromancers
Robert Hugh Benson
- a plural of dictum
- a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
- a popular saying or maxim
- law See obiter dictum
Word Origin and History for dicta
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.