Part of speech: noun

The act of dictating; that which is dictated; arbitrary control.

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Usage examples "dictation":

  1. At his dictation, the ordinance against the press was less stringent than intended. - "The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)", John West.
  2. I wrote from his dictation as follows, but it does not seem that the object of inquiry is among them. - "Byeways in Palestine", James Finn.
  3. I took dictation from you several times, replied she. - "The Grain Of Dust A Novel", David Graham Phillips.