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Dictum vs. Maxim

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Dictumnoun

An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; a maxim, an apothegm.

Maximnoun

A self-evident axiom or premise; a pithy expression of a general principle or rule.

Dictumnoun

A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.

Maximnoun

A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a rule of conduct or moral teaching.

Dictumnoun

The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.

Maximnoun

An established principle or proposition; a condensed proposition of important practical truth; an axiom of practical wisdom; an adage; a proverb; an aphorism.

β€˜'T is their maxim, Love is love's reward.’;

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Dictumnoun

An arbitrament or award.

Maximnoun

The longest note formerly used, equal to two longs, or four breves; a large.

Dictumnoun

An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; an apothegm.

β€˜A class of critical dicta everywhere current.’;

Maximnoun

a saying that widely accepted on its own merits

Dictumnoun

A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.

Maximnoun

English inventor (born in the United States) who invented the Maxim gun that was used in World War I (1840-1916)

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Dictumnoun

an authoritative declaration

Maximnoun

a short, pithy statement expressing a general truth or rule of conduct

β€˜the maxim that actions speak louder than words’;

Dictumnoun

an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

Dictum

In general usage, a dictum (lit. 'something that has been said' in Latin; plural dicta) is an authoritative or dogmatic statement. In some contexts, such as legal writing and church cantata librettos, dictum can have a specific meaning.

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