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TO DICTATE. To pronounce word for word what is destined to be at the same time written by another. Merlin Rep. mot Suggestion, p. 5 00; Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 410.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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'It's very different thing to be a senator who's very cooperative, very supportive of the programs of Malacanang and to be a senator being dictated to by Malacanang.
Dr Bornstein, who has treated Trump since 1980, told CNN: "He dictated that whole letter."
But now Bornstein says that Trump had dictated the language of the letter to him.
Then, Bornstein now claims, Trump dictated the letter to Bornstein, who signed it.
"Hopefully foreign policy, water sharing agreements and things like these can be dictated by what is in the national interest now onwards," Omar tweeted.
"I firmly believe that that will not happen, because we will not be dictated to, because I am also confident that the friends of Israel led by the US will not let that happen".
The concessions and change of the name dictated by Greece that we must only carry out is something that the citizens disfavor.
"Express Dictate gives officers more control over editing the dictated report."
The people who turn up at school halls and stations, Are voting first for locals,not really their nations, For councillors with an interest in buses and stops, With a knowledge of pubs,post offices and shops, They vote for a councillor,a local,well known, Who will speak out at meetings when problems are shown, The last thing they need is a partisan faction, Dictated to by a distant Party call to action, We don't want councillors to pay service by lip, And then do as dictated by the Party Whip.
We will have to carry EU identity cards and all things will be dictated by the EU.
Press), Darren Wershler-Henry reports that James dictated several sentences and then, inexplicably, two letters purportedly from Napoleon.
Using the EU as precedent, we can surmise that the rule of law in the United States will increasingly be dictated to us by unelected "trade" officials.