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DICTUM (dicta)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dictum mean? 

DICTUM (noun)
  The noun DICTUM has 2 senses:

1. an authoritative declaration
2. an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

  Familiarity information: DICTUM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DICTUM (noun)


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Meaning:

An authoritative declaration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

dictum; pronouncement; say-so

Hypernyms ("dictum" is a kind of...):

declaration (a statement that is emphatic and explicit (spoken or written))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dictum"):

directive (a pronouncement encouraging or banning some activity)


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Meaning:

An opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

dictum; obiter dictum

Hypernyms ("dictum" is a kind of...):

judgement; judgment; legal opinion; opinion (the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


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