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What is the ratio decidendi of a case?

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The ratio decidendi is the legal principle or rule that is the reason for a court’s decision. It is binding in future cases and is distinct from obiter dicta, which are other observations or comments made by judges that are not essential to the decision. The ratio forms the basis for the doctrine of precedent. 

Key Point: This question clarifies the concept of ratio decidendi, highlighting its importance in the establishment of binding legal principles.

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