1. a plural of dictum.

noun, plural dic·ta [dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/, dic·tums.

  1. an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
  2. a saying; maxim.
  3. obiter dictum.


  1. a plural of dictum

noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)

  1. a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
  2. a popular saying or maxim
  3. law See obiter dictum

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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