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Word of the Day
Wednesday, September 19, 2001

Definitions for dictum

  1. An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement.
  2. Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.

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Citations for dictum
I have taken to heart Francis Bacon's dictum that "truth emerges more readily from error than from confusion". Donald B. Calne, Within Reason: Rationality and Human Behavior
As an editor, Rahv took seriously Trotsky's dictum that "Art can become a strong ally of revolution only in so far as it remains faithful to itself." David Laskin, Partisans
Origin of dictum
Dictum is literally "a thing said," from the past participle of Latin dicere, "to say."