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Dictum (authoritative statement) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun dictum

What does dictum mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dicta / dictums (less preferred form)

  1. an authoritative declaration
  2. an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

Alternative definition of the noun dictum

noun

  1. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; a maxim, an apothegm.
  2. A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
  3. The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
  4. An arbitrament or award.

Explanation

Dictum: In United States legal terminology, a dictum is a statement of opinion considered authoritative, given the recognized authoritativeness of the person who pronounced it.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dictum

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Google previewRace, Colour and the Processes of Racialization (2013)

New Perspectives from Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis and Sociology by Farhad Dalal

Thus Foulkes' dictum is that it is in the understanding of social life that the foundation for the understanding of the individual personality is to be found. Initially, some Foulkesian group analytic concepts will be introduced, and. Copyrighted ...

Google previewPutting the Horse Before Descartes (2011)

My Life's Work on Behalf of Animals by Bernard Rollin

second component of scientific ideology that harmonizes perfectly with the value- free dictum is the positivistic/behavioristic thesis that science could not legitimately talk about consciousness and subjective experiences, which led to a question ...

Google previewRace, Colour and the Process of Racialization (2002)

New Perspectives from Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, and Sociology by Farhad Dalal

Thus Foulkes' dictum is that it is in the understanding of social life that the foundation for the understanding of the individual personality is to be found. Initially, some Foulkesian group analytic concepts will be introduced, and Foulkesian group ...

Google previewIntercultural Philosophy (2000)

by Ram Adhar Mall

The vedic dictum is an antidote for such a monistic way of thinking. It pleads for unity in terms of ekam sad, but it does not stand for uniformity. It is against a universal reading of reality and allows for a plurality of interpretations. Original Context ...

Google previewIdeologies and Illusions (1976)

Revolutionary Thought from Herzen to Solzhenitsyn by Adam Bruno Ulam

For people who have also been taught that history is on the side of Communism, Marx's dictum is an incentive to go on doing what in general one has been doing virtually from the beginning. Thus, in the fiftieth year of the Soviet state ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1898)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

DICTUM. ( See also the title Stare Decisis.) — " Dictum " is an observation by a judge on a legal question suggested by a case before him, but not arising in such a manner as ...

Google previewGarner's Dictionary of Legal Usage (2011)

by Bryan A. Garner

See dictum. ✳dictatrix. See sexism (c). diction = (1) enunciation; ...

Google previewLaw Dictionary (1897)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

After defining dictum the supreme court of Nevada held • " that while technically sucl),, it was not liable to~ihe objections usually urged, — it was the expression of opinion on a point argued, and entitled to far more weight than an ordinary diet ...

Google previewA New Law Dictionary and Glossary (1850)

Containing Full Definitions of the Principal Terms of the Common and Civil Law : Together with Translations and Explanations of the Various Technical Phrases in Different Languages, Occurring in the Ancient and Modern Reports, and Standard Treatises, Embracing Also All the Principal Common and Civil Law Maxims : Compiled on the Basis of Spelman's Glossary, and Adapted to the Jurisprudence of the United States : with Copious Illustrations, Critical and Historical by Alexander Mansfield Burrill

See Dictum. DICT. L. Fr. A word. Kelham. DICTIO. L. Lat. [from dicere, q. v.] In old English law. A word, an expression. Si aliqua dictio duos contiueat intellects ; if any word contain two meanings. Bract, fol. 34. DICTUM, (pi. DICTA.) L. Lat.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1857)

Or, Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature by Thomas Stewart Traill

The dictum 79. Accordingly, there has been assigned, as the supreme in its refor- and only original Law of the Syllogism, the maxim which, *** from one of its expressions, is called the Dictum (or dicta) whole of - - - -...

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An ancient dictum says that when Zeus wanted to destroy someone, he would first drive him mad. (Jean-Marie Le Pen)
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The value of this 6-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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