Dic*ta"tion (?), n. [L. dictatio.]

1.

The act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing; also that which is dictated.

It affords security against the dictation of laws. Paley.

2.

The speaking to, or the giving orders to, in an overbearing manner; authoritative utterance; as, his habit, even with friends, was that of dictatio.

 

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