- 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. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.