obiter dictum
  • (British) IPA: /ˌəʊbɪtə ˈdɪktəm/

obiter dictum

  1. An incidental remark; especially (legal) a statement or remark in a court's judgment that is not essential to the disposition of the case. [from 18th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas (historian), Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 128:
      Casual obiter dicta by men of accepted godliness belonged to a different category from the ecstatic claims to immediate revelation made by obscure persons who thrust themselves into the limelight […].
  • Spanish: opinión accesoria

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