But the judges of the circuit courts know better, and never have enforced that obiter dictum.
I think you have done wisely, said His Holiness, by way of an obiter dictum.
This, however, is only an obiter dictum from which many will no doubt dissent.
The assumption in this obiter dictum seemed to be that Rabelais is an obscene writer.
Hence he forged his weapon—the obiter ...