obiter dictum

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Synonyms for obiter dictum

an expression of fact or opinion

Synonyms for obiter dictum

an incidental remark

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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that obiter dictum "was not essential to the decision of that court and is without force as precedent").
The ruling's obiter dictum remarks said granting foreign residents local suffrage is not prohibited under the Constitution and that the matter concerns the nation's legislative policies.
In sum I take the liberty to give some obiter dictum. The emphasis given to spreading liberal democracy in Islamic domains is a misplaced effort.
All the while, he does not miss the chance to tweak our minds with a pregnant obiter dictum or two.
I was disappointed by your obiter dictum (passing comment) on Pope Benedict XVI in your June editorial, Why can't we simply say what we mean?
I had to look up obiter dictum, but it turned out to be not nearly as bad as I had feared.
"This is going to be really important in the future," said Greenspoon, who told Windspeaker the Wikwemikong decision is likely not precedent-setting, because Justice Michel's comments about healing were outside of his main decision, obiter dictum in legal language.
must be an opinion the formation of which is necessary for the decision of a particular case; in other words it must not be obiter dictum."); see generally Michael Sean Quinn, Argument and Authority in Common Law Advocacy & Adjudication, 74 Chi.-Kent L.
[20] During the prerequisite first lecture on the historiography of the Renaissance which I had heard from other teachers too many times before and therefore found boring, Kristeller mentioned Burdach and then, in an obiter dictum that transformed the moment, said that he once thought Burdach had gotten it right.
However, Pendery's decision was actually based on Justice Roger Taney's "obiter dictum" in that case--an unofficial opinion of one justice, and not the law.
There it is--the obiter dictum that bespeaks the current state of Native American education, which is still deeply troubled after more than a hundred years of struggle.
Precisely because the agents carefully clarified Davis's first reference to counsel, the majority's rejection of the duty to clarify is, technically speaking, mere obiter dictum. No doubt the members of the majority would adhere to thier view in a fairly sanitary case of actual disregard for an ambiguous reference to counsel.
This case conflicts with an earlier obiter dictum of the Court of Appeal in Good v.