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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 of dictum
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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  • How different that sounds from the dicta of the medicine of a past generation!

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • These dicta are all tried and true, but they have the failings common to platitudes.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Popular medicine is always ridiculous, though its dicta are often accepted by supposedly educated people.

    Medieval Medicine James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
  • Laurie then was not in the most favorable of moods to receive the dicta of the Vicar.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
  • One of these was an exaggerated fastidiousness about clothes, and the other an undue deference to the dicta of the Press.

  • Some of the dicta of these sectarians have a decidedly Bolshevist flavor.

  • His dicta are landmarks, almost laws—if the term 'law' may be applied to a science where at present all is rather nebulous.

  • In most ways the old scout's wide experience gave his dicta value.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
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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