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obiter dictum

[ob-i-ter dik-tuhm]
noun, plural obiter dicta [ob-i-ter dik-tuh] .
1.
an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc.
2.
Law. an incidental or supplementary opinion by a judge in deciding a case, upon a matter not essential to the decision, and therefore not binding as precedent.

Origin:
1805–15; < Latin: (a) saying by the way

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obiter dictum (ˈɒbɪtə ˈdɪktəm, ˈəʊ-)
 
n , pl obiter dicta
1.  law an observation by a judge on some point of law not directly in issue in the case before him and thus neither requiring his decision nor serving as a precedent, but nevertheless of persuasive authority
2.  any comment, remark, or observation made in passing
 
[Latin: something said in passing]

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