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dictation

[dik-tey-shuh n] /dɪkˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or manner of dictating for reproduction in writing.
2.
the act or manner of transcribing words uttered by another.
3.
words that are dictated or that are reproduced from dictation.
4.
the playing or singing of music to be notated by a listener, especially as a technique of training the ear.
5.
music notated from dictation.
6.
the act of commanding arbitrarily.
7.
something commanded.
Origin of dictation
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin dictātiōn- (stem of dictātiō) a dictating < Latin dictāt(us) (see dictate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
dictational, adjective
nondictation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dictation

dictation

/dɪkˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of dictating material to be recorded or taken down in writing
2.
the material dictated
3.
authoritative commands or the act of giving them
Derived Forms
dictational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dictation
n.

1650s, from Late Latin dictationem (nominative dictatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dictare (see dictate (v.)).

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