dictum

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin dictum (proverb, maxim).

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Noun[edit]

dictum (plural dicta or dictums)

  1. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; a maxim, an apothegm.
    • 1949, Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
      ...a dictum which he had heard an economics professor once propound...
  2. A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
  3. The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
  4. An arbitrament or award.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dīcō (say, speak).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

dictum n (genitive dictī); second declension

  1. a word, saying, something said
  2. proverb, maxim
  3. bon mot, witticism
  4. verse, poetry
  5. a prophesy, prediction
  6. order, command
  7. promise, assurance

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative dictum dicta
genitive dictī dictōrum
dative dictō dictīs
accusative dictum dicta
ablative dictō dictīs
vocative dictum dicta

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Participle[edit]

dictum

  1. nominative neuter singular of dictus
  2. accusative masculine singular of dictus
  3. accusative neuter singular of dictus
  4. vocative neuter singular of dictus

Verb[edit]

dictum

  1. supine of dīcō

References[edit]

  • dictum in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879