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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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Compacts of this kind exist among all civilized nations, subject to the usual vicissitudes of peace and war, of observance and non-observance, as the interests or passions of the contracting powers dictate. In the early part of the present century there was an epidemical rage in Europe for this species of compacts, from which the politicians of the times fondly hoped for benefits which were never realized.
Colbert resumed his place at Mazarin's pillow at the first interval of pain, and persuaded him to dictate a donation thus conceived.
"Steady it again, and write what I shall dictate. Quick, friend, quick!"
'The government has started implementing the dictates of the IMF by jacking up the electricity and gas tariffs,' he added.
'Duterte is out of order if he insists that he dictates who [would] compose the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) negotiating panel, advisers and consultants.
Download Iran's Velayati says Hariri's recent statements outright Saudi dictates NNA - The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati, described Prime Minister Saad Hariri's most recent statements as absolute "Saudi dictates." "In our last meeting, Hariri never mentioned anything about the need to have Iran refrain from meddling in Lebanon's affairs," Velayati said.
The latter listens to the people and works accordingly, whereas the BJP dictates people and does what they wish to do.
Councillors in Cardiff, Newport and Bridgend have been deselected for not following party dictates or for disobeying the whip.
He dictates, I know that sounds bad 'he dictates', but he dictates high standards and I think that feeds off on everyone.
Bandialvi said that Aziz was not following dictates of his conscience and therefore he was facing humiliation before media and on political front.
I mean, I'm the one who dictates what my opponent k gets, not you dictating to me how much A I get.
He told the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / "there are some political blocs' calls for Arab intervention, regionally or internationally to resolve the political crisis in the country," noting, "We reject any dictates or foreign interference in our internal affairs." He added: "We welcome any international trend to help Iraq to solve its political crisis by counseling, but without imposing certain conditions or dictates." / End