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Definition of "obiter" []

  • Incidentally; in passing. (adverb)
  • An obiter dictum; a statement from the bench commenting on a point of law which is not necessary for the judgment at hand and therefore has no judicial weight, as opposed to ratio decidendi. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "obiter" in a sentence
  • "First, the Board has stated, in obiter dicta, on several occasions that the Private Copying regime legalizes copying for the private use of the person making the copy, regardless of whether the source is non-infringing or not."
  • "When the case was appealed on the issue of costs, Justice Aldous noted in obiter that it would have been desirable to require the third party to give the anonymous defendant notice of the application and then allow the anonymous defendant to make written submissions through the third party in order to better inform the court’s decision:"
  • "I was curious about the habit of calling obiter dicta simply “dicta”."