Dictum Dic"tum, n.; pl. L. {Dicta}, E. {Dictums}. [L., neuter of dictus, p. p. of dicere to say. See {Diction}, and cf. {Ditto}.] 1. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm. [1913 Webster]

A class of critical dicta everywhere current. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) (a) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it. (b) (French Law) The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it. --Bouvier. (c) An arbitrament or award. [1913 Webster]

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  • dicta — pl of dictum Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. dicta …   Law dictionary

  • dicta — DICTÁ, dictez, vb. I. tranz. 1. A pronunţa rar şi desluşit cuvintele unei fraze, ale unui text, pentru ca ascultătorul să le poată scrie întocmai. 2. A impune ceva în mod categoric, a obliga pe cineva să accepte ceva fără condiţii; a ordona. ♦… …   Dicționar Român

  • Dicta — (lat., Mehrzahl von Dictum [s.d.], 1) Sprüche, so: Dicta septem sapientum, die Sprüche der Sieben Weisen, s.d.; 2) (Dogm.), Bibelsprüche; man unterscheidet: a) D. classĭca, Bibelstellen, die einen Satz deutlich u. ausführlich behandeln; b) D.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Dicta — Dic ta, n. pl. [L.] See {Dictum}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dicta — (lat.), s. Dictum …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dicta — (lat.), Mehrzahl von Dictum (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Dicta — Dicta, lat., Sprüche, in der Einzahl dictum, Spruch. D. probantia, biblische Beweisstellen. D. testium, Zeugenaussage; dictando, dictirend …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • DICTA — quando virgo olim appellata, vide infra in Pacta …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • dicta — édicta …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • dicta — [dik′tə] n. alt. pl. of DICTUM …   English World dictionary

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