dictum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dictum an authoritative declaration
    • n dictum an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dictum (Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
    • Dictum (Law) An arbitrament or award.
    • Dictum An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm. "A class of critical dicta everywhere current."
    • Dictum (Law) The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dictum A positive or judicial assertion; an authoritative saying.
    • n dictum In law, an opinion of a judge which does not embody the resolution or determination of the court, and is made without argument, or full consideration of the point, and is not the professed deliberate determination of the judge himself.
    • n dictum In logic, that part of a modal proposition which consists of the proposition to which the modality is applied.
    • n dictum Synonyms Aphorism, Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dictum dik′tum something said: a saying: an authoritative saying
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Quotations

  • Henry Waldorf Francis
    Henry Waldorf Francis
    “Dictum is what a court thinks but is afraid to decide.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., neuter of dictus, p. p. of dicere, to say. See Diction, and cf. Ditto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

It was his dictum and she could only abide by it.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Hence the truth of Walker's dictum that economic injuries tend to perpetuate themselves.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Mandez-moi ce qu'il vous semble de ce dictum.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
Stanton excepted, I again think of the dictum of Professor Steffens, and every day believe it more.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
The latest dictum declares that sparkling wines should be drunk at once and not sipped.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
So now he shifted his ground back to his original dictum.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Ignoring the cowering and unhappy reward seeker, the old woman delivered her dictum to the sergeant in charge.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
To this dictum the menials crouched.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
His famous dictum about the "irrepressible conflict" did him more credit.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
We doubt, too, the dictum that the earliest poets are uniformly the best.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
Father Humphreys himself would not deny this dictum.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Depend upon it, there is something in his dictum, too.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Perhaps the story of Balaam is a subtle anticipation of Lord Bacon's dictum.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
There may be some who have not this power, but who faithfully toil to prove the truth of the dictum.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson
All four fallacies just enumerated come under Spinoza's dictum as special cases come under a general law.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
In this dictum, exaggerated as it sounds, there is a very substantial amount of truth.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Their dictum was looked upon as final.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The famous dictum "Every man is the architect of his own fortune" is attributed to him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
But the country received the dictum in the spirit in which it was spoken.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
It is then undeniably evident that if the Dictum holds the argument holds.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
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In poetry:

At this dictum so acerbum
Twardowski fled, but as he ran
The devil cought him. "Where's your verbum
Nobile", he said, "my man?"
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz
I thought how strangely, wildly rung
That dictum in the world's dull ear,
Breathed with a firm, unfaltering tongue,
"No tyrant's pride shall flourish here."
"Monticello" by James Avis Bartley
He who wills life wills its condition sweet,
Having made love its mother, joy its quest,
That its perpetual sequence might not rest
On reason's dictum, cold and too discreet;
"Attraction" by John Charles McNeill
DEMON. 'Tis that passage which declares
(Well I know the words) this dictum:
"God is one supremest good,
One pure essence, one existence,
Self-sustained, all sight, all hands."
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Yes, and the veracity of the dictum is often most acutely felt in the absence of the former.
Goldfinger's Dictum and the Democrats.
Halbert' waiver analysis is non-binding dictum .
Conceptual artist Jim Denevan turns the classic dictum ars longa, vita brevis (art is long, life is short) on its head.
Halbert ' waiver analysis is non-binding dictum.
His simple dictum that 'less is more' inspired building designs around the world.
With the 92ZV-2, Kawasaki has not only entered the 6-to-6.6-cubic-yard wheel loader market, it has done so with company design dictum: no stretched-out machines.
Obeying President Obama's dictum that it's always educational to check in with what the other side is saying, I checked in with MSNBC's Countdown the other night.
In her first years as an entrepreneur, Merri Mai Williamson followed the Glengarry Glen Ross dictum: "Always be closing".
Mauris placerat pharetra mauris, nec dictum dolor consequat et.
As a women's movement pioneer, Susan B Anthony fought against the dictums of those who would vilipend women by treating them as second-class citizens.
It was just four years ago - yeah, I know, it seems like ancient history - when Rahm Emanuel uttered his famous dictum that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste".
"Fade to Black" is taking the dictum to the other end of the spectrum.
Time to update the old dictum concerning lies, damned lies and statistics.
Gordon Brown's poignant departure from 10 Downing Street on the evening of May 11 brought to mind Enoch Powell's dictum that all political lives except those cut off prematurely end in failure.
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In science:

We are not, however, asserting that an un-performed measurement has an actual, particular outcome; this would be literal nonsense, and is the grain of truth in Wheeler’s dictum.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Thus, to whatever extent the required theoretical structure conflicts with Wheeler’s dictum, we must evidently conclude that this orthodox philosophy is excluded by our premises (Bell Locality and perfect anti-correlation).
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Dirac’s dictum, that every photon only interferes with itself is wrong.
Quantum random walks with multiphoton interference and high order correlation functions
There is an old dictum, “Every man is a debtor to his profession.” Such a debt is the most obvious in mathematics where every past discovery provides a perpetual free lunch for future generations, until the end of time or civilization − whichever comes first.
And free lunch for all...
In identification with warp ζ → h(ζ ) is not to be taken as a mechanical dictum.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
The warp will now be given by Z → h(Z ), however, we must repeat our earlier remark that it must not be taken as a dictum.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
CT ≡ h~pK − · (~pπ− × ~pπ+ )i 5 Interestingly enough he practised Einstein’s dictum that one should not do one’s deep thinking in one’s paid job.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
The importance of this dictum was stated eloquently by Schawlow who noted “To do successful research, you don’t need to know everything.
A First Exposure to Statistical Mechanics for Life Scientists
In other words: "Physics is information" —the opposite of Landaurer’s dictum: "Information is physical".
Physics as quantum information processing
Wells’ evocative novel of the same name, but both in reading Wells’ work and the remainder of this article, one should keep in mind Bohr’s famous dictum “Prediction is very di fficult, especially about the future.”.
Puzzles, Progress, Prospects: pre-Summary for the Quark Matter 2009 Conference
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