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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dic·tum n.; pl. L. Dicta E. Dictums
 1. An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm.
    A class of critical dicta everywhere current.   --M. Arnold.
 2. Law (a) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it. (b) French Law The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it. --Bouvier. (c) An arbitrament or award.