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Obiter Dictum

obiter dictum n

pl: obiter dic·ta [-tə]
[Late Latin, literally, something said in passing]
: an incidental and collateral remark that is uttered or written by a judge but is not binding
: dictum

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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