dictum


dictum
An expression in an opinion which is not necessary to support the decision reached by the court. Parker v Stonehouse Drainage Dist: 152 Kan 188, 102 P 1017. A statement in an opinion with respect to a matter which is not an issue necessary for decision. Tillinghast v Maggs, 82 RI 478, 111 A2d 713, 52 ALR2d 1004. A writ employed to obtain the correction of a record on appeal. 4 Am J2d A & E § 478. The plural of dictum is dicta For effect of dictum as precedent or law of the case. See dicta.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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