obiter dictum
obi·ter dic·tum /'ō-bi-tər-'dik-təm, 'ä-bi-/ n pl obiter dic·ta /-tə/ [Late Latin, literally, something said in passing]: an incidental and collateral remark that is uttered or written by a judge but is not binding: dictum

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

obiter dictum
n.
(Latin) Something said in passing; incidental remarks or opinions made by a judge that are not essential to judgment in a case.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


obiter dictum
something said by a judge in a decision that is not essential to the decision and does not form part of the ratio decidendi.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


obiter dictum
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

obiter dictum
obiter, Also known as obiter dictum. A saying by the way. Passing remarks of a judge as an expression of opinion on the law, but not essential and of no binding authority.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


obiter dictum
(Latin: By the way.)
Words of an opinion entirely unnecessary for the decision of the case. A remark made or opinion expressed by a judge in a decision upon a cause, "by the way," that is, incidentally or collaterally, and not directly upon the question before the court or upon a point not necessarily involved in the determination of the cause, or introduced by way of illustration, or analogy or argument. Such are not binding as precedent.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


obiter dictum
I
[Latin, By the way.] Words of an opinion entirely unnecessary for the decision of the case. A remark made or opinion expressed by a judge in a decision upon a cause, "by the way," that is, incidentally or collaterally, and not directly upon the question before the court or upon a point not necessarily involved in the determination of the cause, or introduced by way of illustration, or analogy or argument. Such are not binding as precedent.
II A thing said by the way, as language unnecessary to a decision or ruling on an issue not raised.

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