Definition of obiter dictum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    obiter dictum

    BrE BrE//ˌɒbɪtə ˈdɪktəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊbɪtər ˈdɪktəm//
    (pl. obiter dicta)
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  1. 1(law) a remark made by a judge which the jury does not have to pay attention to
  2. 2(formal) a remark which is not important
  3. Word OriginLatin obiter ‘in passing’ + dictum ‘something that is said’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obiter dictum