obiter dictum

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From Latin obiter dictum (something said by the way).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊbɪtə ˈdɪktəm/


obiter dictum (plural obiter dicta)

  1. An incidental remark; especially (law) a statement or remark in a court's judgment that is not essential to the disposition of the case. [from 18th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 128:
      Casual obiter dicta by men of accepted godliness belonged to a different category from the ecstatic claims to immediate revelation made by obscure persons who thrust themselves into the limelight […].