obiter dictum

[ ob-i-ter -dik-tuhm ]
/ ˈɒb ɪ tər ˈdɪk təm /
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noun, plural ob·i·ter dic·ta [ob-i-ter -dik-tuh]. /ˈɒb ɪ tər ˈdɪk tə/.

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.



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Origin of obiter dictum

1805–15; <Latin: (a) saying by the way

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obiter dictum
/ (ˈɒbɪtə ˈdɪktəm, ˈəʊ-) /

noun plural 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 for obiter dictum

Latin: something said in passing
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