Meaning of ipse dixit in English:

ipse dixit


  • A dogmatic and unproven statement.

    ‘Overall, the Court's peremptory style in addressing the jus ad bellum reflects an unfortunate ipse dixit approach to judicial reasoning.’
    • ‘Recent Supreme Court decisions emphasize the need to regulate the admissibility of expert testimony by means of standards that require opinions to go beyond ipse dixit--that is, that are based on more than the fact that the expert said it.’
    statement, report, declaration, proclamation, pronouncement


ipse dixit

/ˌɪpseɪ ˈdɪksɪt/ /ˌɪpsiː/


Latin, literally ‘he himself said it’, translating Greek autos epha, a phrase used of Pythagoras by his followers.