dictum

[ UK /dˈɪktəm/ ]
[ US /ˈdɪktəm/ ]
NOUN
  1. an authoritative declaration
  2. an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
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How To Use dictum In A Sentence

  • Per hoc enim quod intelligimus vel gaudemus, ad aliquod obiectum aliqualiter nos habere oportet: amor vero aliquid alicui vult; hoc enim amare dicimur cui aliquod bonum volumus, secundum modum praedictum. Quitting Smoking
  • Quamdiu autem tales loquuntur sibi, aut literas ostendunt, circumstant Apparitores extensis brachijs leuatos tenentes mucrones, gladios, gezas, et mackas ad feriendum, et occidendum, si quid dictum vel nunciatum fuerit, quod Imperatori displiceat, quam citò ille signauerit trucidari. The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville
  • This branch, under ordinary precedent, simply threw the case out of court; but in addition, the decision, proceeding with what lawyers call obiter dictum, went on to declare that under the Constitution of the United States neither Congress nor a territorial legislature possessed power to prohibit slavery in Federal Territories. A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln
  • The Witch didn't much care, but she wasn't inclined to accept a unilateral dictum without a retort. WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST
  • Is he a pseudo-Marxist as his largely secret talk in San Francisco indicated … where he berated average people in Appalachia who didn't vote for him for "clinging" to religion in their poverty-paraphrasing religion the opium of the people dictum where Marx lachrymosely wails in behalf of the downtrodden who substitute God for material gains, a direct parallel? THE IRATE NATION
  • In pursuing the dictums of their scriptures venerating diversity, Hindu civilization is the only civilization which has never attacked any other civilization out of an impulse to convert.
  • The provincial governments are not far behind in their slavish adherence to the OECD's dictums on how to run your government.
  • In ch. ix, § 3, the _Dictum de omni et nullo_ was stated: 'Whatever may be predicated of a term distributed may be predicated of anything that can be identified with that term.' Logic Deductive and Inductive
  • A good test for whether the dictum has been developed in this way is a philosopher's account of akrasia, in which agents fail to comply with their deliberated verdicts in the face of temptation.
  • In ipsius translatione ipsa ciuitas restaurabatur, et firmabatur multò honorificentiùs, et fortiùs destructione sua, quæ per Carolum magnum Regem Franciæ antea fuit plenè annihilata, dum Ogerus dux Danorum præfatus in ea tenebatur captiuus, quem Templarij ad filios Brehir Regis Sarracenorum cum traditione vendiderant, eò quòd ipse Ogerus dictum Brehir in proelio occiderat, iuxta Lugdunum Franciæ ciuitatem. The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville
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