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Dictum is the commonly used abbreviation for the Latin phrase Obiter Dictum which literally translates as “by the way” but in American and English law refers to a statement or conclusion made by a judge in a written judicial opinion that is not necessary to the disposition of the case, and is, therefore, not treated as precedent in future cases. Its opposite is “ratio dicidendi” or “the reason for the decision.”
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