- Dictum is defined as a statement or ruling that is from an official source or that expresses a principle.
An example of dictum is a rule found in the Constitution or a ruling issued by a judge.
dictum definition by Webster's New World
- a statement or saying, esp. a formal statement, specif.
- of fact, opinion, principle, etc.
- of one's will or judgment
- Law a judge's remark or observation on some point of law which is not essential to the case in question, hence not binding as a legal precedent
Origin: Classical Latin something said, word, neuter of dictus, past participle of dicere: see diction
dictum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. dic·ta or dic·tums
- An authoritative, often formal pronouncement: “He cites Augustine's dictum that ‘If you understand it, it is not God’” (Joseph Sobran).
- Law See obiter dictum.
Origin: Latin, from neuter past participle of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
dictum - Legal Definition