dictum

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

a short, noteworthy statement

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dictum - declaration

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A ‘dictum’ is a formal pronouncement or rule that expresses a general truth or aspect of life in a concise and interesting way. By extension, it is also applied in relation to an opinion or order from somebody highly respected or in a position of authority. Most commonly used in a professional context, particularly in written English.

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Synonyms precept
Antonyms inkling

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  1. Our manager issued a dictum stating that anyone arriving late to a meeting would be fined £20.

  2. In business, I have found a lot of truth in the old dictum “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

  3. “First do no harm”, the dictum of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, remains the central principle of the medical community.

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