dictum dictum  /ˈdɪk təm/


  1. (n) an authoritative declaration
  2. (n) an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding



  • The dictum that the world is flat is being challenged by some people.


  • Oh, Behave! Amanda Palmer Stars at P.S. 122?s Spring Gala

    Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer and Lady Rizo. It is a widely accepted dictum that well-behaved women seldom make history. Fortunately, none were in attendance last week for Performance Space 122’s spring gala. The former public school-turned-East Village bastion of alternative theater has been undergoing some much-needed renovations of late—its physical space is out of commission through 2015—but P ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The New York Observer


  1. "The events of the past week on our television screens have reminded us only too well of Dr King's famous dictum that 'ignorance is the root of all prejudice'," Dr Sentamu said. "Sadly ignorance is not in short supply. Racism is real. As the...
    on Jan 20, 2007 By: John Sentamu Source: BBC News

  2. "What we now have is the new Nelson doctrine: 'What I say in opposition has nothing whatsoever to do with what I do in government'," Mr Rudd said. "In other words, the overall dictum of those opposite is to say anything, to do anything, to...
    on Sep 1, 2008 By: Kevin Rudd Source: The Age

  3. "I follow the old dictum: There's never just one cockroach in the kitchen," Buffett said.
    on Oct 30, 2007 By: Warren Buffett Source: Washington Post

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