[ dik-tuhm ]
/ ˈdɪk təm /

noun, plural dic·ta [dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/, dic·tums.

an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
a saying; maxim.

Nearby words

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  5. dictograph,
  6. dicty,
  7. dictynna,
  8. dictyoma,
  9. dictyopteran,
  10. dictyosome

Origin of dictum

1660–70; < Latin: something said, a saying, command, word, noun use of neuter past participle of dīcere to say, speak; cf. index

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British Dictionary definitions for dictum


/ (ˈdɪktəm) /

noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)

a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
a popular saying or maxim

Word Origin for dictum

C16: from Latin, from dīcere to say

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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.

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