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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Citing only the obiter dictum, which is a nonlegally binding supportive argument, as legal grounds for foreign suffrage is absurd.
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.
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.