Orders that need to be obeyed are an example of dictation.
Making a recording on a tape recorder for your secretary to type later is an example of dictation.
1908: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables - We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
His habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.
1852: Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury - ...jurors in England have formerly understood it to be their right and duty to judge only according to their consciences, and not to submit to any dictation from the court, either as to law or fact.