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 for dictation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dictation \Dic*ta"tion\, n. [L. dictatio.]
     1. The act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing;
        also that which is dictated.
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              It affords security against the dictation of laws.
                                                    --Paley.
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     2. The speaking to, or the giving orders to, in an
        overbearing manner; authoritative utterance; as, his
        habit, even with friends, was that of dictation.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dictation
      n 1: an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
           [syn: command, bid, bidding, dictation]
      2: speech intended for reproduction in writing
      3: matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated
         passage; "he signed and mailed his dictation without
         bothering to read it"

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