Dictum - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdɪktəm|  American pronunciation of the word dictum
Brit.  |ˈdɪktəm|  British pronunciation of the word dictum

noun

- an authoritative declaration (syn: pronouncement, say-so)
- an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

Examples

A doctor must follow the dictum of “First, do no harm.”

Descartes' famous dictum: 'I think; therefore, I am'

Word forms

noun
singular: dictum
plural: dictums or dicta
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