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 necessary for the judgment at hand and therefore has no judicial weight, as opposed to ratio decidendi.

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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 — [ ɒbɪtə] adverb & adjective (chiefly in legal contexts) made or said in passing. noun short for obiter dictum. Origin L., orig. as the phr. ob itur by the way …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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 — I forbigående, løseligt …   Danske encyklopædi

  • obiter — əʊbɪtÉ™r / É’bɪtÉ™ adv. by the way …   English contemporary dictionary

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