One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A judge's incidental expression of opinion, not essential to the decision and not establishing precedent.
whispered remark, confidential remark, stage whisperView synonyms
- ‘I am in no doubt that the passage was part of the decision and was not obiter dicta.’
- ‘Remarks about equitable leases were therefore merely obiter dicta; and although they pointed the way to a solution of this problem, they have not been taken up in any later decision.’
- ‘The case decided by the making of orders which are supported by chaotic or contradictory reasoning is not an authority - it lacks a ratio decidendi - but the obiter dicta of particular judges may have considerable influence.’
- ‘That submission runs into the authority of a number of final courts in the world and obiter dicta of this Court.’
- ‘This Court will be very busy if we grant special leave in respect of judges' obiter dicta.’
- 1.1 An incidental remark.
remark, comment, statement, utterance, pronouncement, declarationView synonyms
- ‘There it is - the obiter dictum that bespeaks the current state of Native American education, which is still deeply troubled after more than a hundred years of struggle.’
- ‘Mr. Smith treats certain of my remarks about Kierkegaard as though they were obiter dicta, insouciantly tossed off without context or explanation.’
- ‘The Maxims were collected after Napoleon's death from what editor David Chandler rightfully terms his obiter dicta, casual remarks, observations, or comments that were culled from a vast mass of documents, letters, and memoirs.’
- ‘Rather than trying to capture an argument whose start I missed, which depends on knowledge of philosophers I have not read, I'll note a couple of obiter dicta: bq…’
- ‘Within the private sector, few would quarrel with the International Monetary Fund's obiter dicta about wage restraint being necessary for competitiveness.’
Latin obiter ‘in passing’ + dictum ‘something that is said’.
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