adverb & adjective (chiefly in legal contexts) made or said in passing.
noun short for obiter dictum.
L., orig. as the phr. ob itur 'by the way'.

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  • obiter — obiter, Also known as obiter dictum. A saying by the way. Passing remarks of a judge as an expression of opinion on the law, but not essential and of no binding authority. Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms …   Law dictionary

  • Obiter — Ob i*ter ([o^]b [i^]*t[ e]r), adv. [L., on the way; ob (see {Ob }) + iter a going, a walk, way.] In passing; incidentally; by the way. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Obĭter — (lat.), obenhin, flüchtig …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Obĭter — (lat.), beiläufig, obenhin …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Obiter — Obiter, lat., oben hin, oberflächlich …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • obiter — (adv.) Latin, lit. by the way, from ob to, toward (see OB (Cf. ob )) + iter journey (see ION (Cf. ion)). Klein s sources, however, say it is ob with the suffix iter in analogy of circiter about from circa. Also Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • obiter — 1. adverb Incidentally; in passing. I will not here stand to discuss obiter, whether stars be causes, or signs; or to apologize for judicial astrology. 2. noun An obiter dictum; a statement from the bench commenting on a point of law which is not …   Wiktionary

  • obiter — I. ˈōbə̇d.ə(r) sometimes ˈäb adverb Etymology: Latin, from ob to, before, against + iter way, journey, from ire to go more at epi …   Useful english dictionary

  • Obiter dictum — (plural obiter dicta, often referred to simply as dicta or obiter) is Latin for a statement said in passing . An obiter dictum is a remark or observation made by a judge that, although included in the body of the court s opinion, does not form a… …   Wikipedia

  • obiter dictum — obi·ter dic·tum / ō bi tər dik təm, ä bi / n pl obiter dic·ta / tə/ [Late Latin, literally, something said in passing]: an incidental and collateral remark that is uttered or written by a judge but is not binding: dictum Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

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