[ob-i-ter dik-tuh m]
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.
Origin of obiter dictum
1805–15; < Latin: (a) saying by the way
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Related Words for obiter dictumanimadversion, annotation, backtalk, buzz, comeback, commentary, crack, criticism, dictum, discussion, editorial, elucidation, exposition, footnote, gloss, hearsay, illustration, judgment, mention, mouthful
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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