Definition of de dicto in English:

de dicto

adjective

Philosophy
  • Relating to the form of an assertion or expression itself, rather than any property of a thing it refers to.

    Compare with de re
    • ‘And in doing so, he ran afoul of at least three kinds of ambiguity so common that they have conventional names: de re vs. de dicto, attributive vs. referential, and specific vs. generic.’
    • ‘By contrast, the de dicto account corresponds to a purely linguistic notion of vagueness.’
    • ‘Clarke pointed out that the argument was guilty of confusing de dicto and de re necessity.’
    • ‘Despite his understanding of the de re / de dicto distinction, Abelard came to a more troubled end than Eason Jordan did.’
    • ‘As mentioned there, these sentences also appear to have readings on which they attribute general or de dicto beliefs to the women in question.’

Origin

Latin, ‘from what is said’.

Pronunciation

de dicto

/diː//deɪ ˈdɪktəʊ/