Many had to have the independence of spirit to get here in the first place and that drive has dictated their attitude to business.
For the next three days, I did exactly what The Plan (called Project X in my files) dictated.
Maybe future trades (if they happen at all) will be dictated by security rather than emotion.
Cheese styles in Italy are dictated by area or region but also, unlike in the U.S., by law.
The sentence is dictated by statute and therefore the defendant gets next to no payoff for his guilty plea.
Its attitude towards Chinese and Mongols showed no prejudice and was dictated by policy.
So Betty dictated and he wrote: yes, it had come to this—she dictated and he wrote, and signed too.
She did not intend to be dictated to or forced to give her consent against her better judgment.
Sure I am that your conduct is not dictated by a regard for my ease or my welfare.
He was read to almost every day, and dictated a few days before his decease.
1590s, "to practice dictation, say aloud for another to write down," from Latin dictatus, past participle of dictare "say often, prescribe," frequentative of dicere "tell, say" (see diction). Sense of "to command" is 1620s. Related: Dictated; dictates; dictating.
1590s, from Latin dictatum "something dictated," noun use of neuter past participle of dictare (see dictate (v.)).