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Meaning of obiter dictum

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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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