- a judge's expression of opinion uttered in court or in a written judgement, but not essential to the decision and therefore not legally binding as a precedent.；an incidental remark.
noun: obiter dictum, plural noun: obiter dicta
- IPA[ˌōbidər ˈdiktəm]
- a judge's incidental expression of opinion, not essential to the decision and not ...
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