obiter dictum: Meaning and Definition of

ob•i•ter dic•tum

Pronunciation: (ob'i-tur dik'tum), [key]
? pl. ob•i•ter dic•ta
  1. an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc.
  2. 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.
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