verb (used with object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), dic·tat·ed, dic·tat·ing.
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Moral clarity would dictate that civil-rights and other civic leaders would speak out against such a senseless act of violence.
Neither trusts the other, yet cultural norms dictate that everyone remain cordial.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, in short, everyone knows Leung is a mere puppet with zero power and will read out whatever the communists dictate to him.Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities as Demonstrations Continue|Ben Leung|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because the federal government really should dictate all that, right?Now Let’s Replace All the Other Big-Spending Eric Cantors|Nick Gillespie|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How could I forget his dictate to always be proud to be a Jew, even in circumstances when it might not seem to ones advantage?A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison|Daniel Genis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the purest selfishness would dictate a policy of social insurance.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Do not let scandal or a mere love of gossip dictate a letter of intelligence.
It is not the desire to deceive, but the desire to please, which will dictate such a course.
France would never again send a Barillon to dictate to the cabinet of England.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was disputed among the Mussulmans whether it was eternal or God had created it in order to dictate it to Mahomet.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)