Definition of obiter in English:


Line breaks: ob¦iter
Pronunciation: /ˈɒbɪtə

adverb& adjective

(Chiefly in legal contexts) made or said in passing.
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  • Endowed as he was with superb powers of criticism, an impressively hard-headed acumen, he strewed his letters with witty, biting obiter scripts.
  • These points are, of course, strictly obiter, since these conspiracies would in any case have been protected by State immunity, since they did not constitute international crimes against humanity.
  • The only other issue, my Lord, is that I appreciate that since this is obiter it is unlikely on its own to attract your Lordship to the question of assessment of damages.


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short for obiter dictum.
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  • In 50 years time barristers will be putting in submissions in this Court that refer to our decision as the S134 obiter.
  • The best example really is the last of his obiter.
  • We cannot do anything else, except apply the obiter of the two places where anything is said about public works.


Latin, originally as the phrase ob itur 'by the way'.

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