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

  obiter dictum \obiter dictum\ ([o^]b"[i^]*t[~e]r d[i^]k"t[u^]m),
     n.; pl. obiter dicta ([o^]b"[i^]*t[~e]r d[i^]k"t[.a]).
     An incidental and collateral opinion uttered by a judge. See
     Dictum, n., 2
     (a) .
         [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  obiter dictum
      n 1: an incidental remark [syn: obiter dictum, passing
      2: an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly
         bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding
         [syn: obiter dictum, dictum]

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