obiter dictum definition

  • noun:
    • Law An opinion voiced by a judge which has just incidental bearing on the instance concerned and it is for that reason perhaps not binding. Also referred to as dictum.
    • An incidental comment or observance; a passing comment.
    • a statement or remark in a court's wisdom that's not necessary to the disposition of instance.
    • An incidental and collateral opinion uttered by a judge. See dictum, n., 2 (a).
    • an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on instance involved therefore maybe not binding
    • an incidental comment

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