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dicta

[dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/
noun
1.
a plural of dictum.

dictum

[dik-tuh m] /ˈdɪk təm/
noun, plural dicta
[dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/ (Show IPA),
dictums.
1.
an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
2.
a saying; maxim.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin: something said, a saying, command, word, noun use of neuter past participle of dīcere to say, speak; cf. index
Synonyms
1. edict, decree, fiat, order, declaration. 2. adage, proverb, truism, saw.
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British Dictionary definitions for dicta

dicta

/ˈdɪktə/
noun
1.
a plural of dictum

dictum

/ˈdɪktəm/
noun (pl) -tums, -ta (-tə)
1.
a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
2.
a popular saying or maxim
3.
(law) See obiter dictum
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for dicta

dictum

n.

1660s, from Latin dictum "thing said (a saying, bon-mot, prophecy, etc.), an order, command," neuter of dictus, past participle of dicere "say" (see diction). In legal use, a judge's expression of opinion which is not the formal resolution of a case.

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