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dissent

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verb dis·sent \di-ˈsent\

Simple Definition of dissent

  • : to publicly disagree with an official opinion, decision, or set of beliefs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dissent

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to withhold assent

  3. 2 :  to differ in opinion

Examples of dissent in a sentence

  1. The Supreme Court, with two justices dissenting, ruled that the law was constitutional.

  2. <anyone who dissented was encouraged to speak out while they had the chance>



Origin of dissent

Middle English, from Latin dissentire, from dis- + sentire to feel — more at sense


First Known Use: 15th century


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dissent

noun dis·sent

Simple Definition of dissent

  • : public disagreement with an official opinion, decision, or set of beliefs

  • law : a statement by a judge giving reasons why the judge does not agree with the decision made by the other judges in a court case

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dissent

  1. :  difference of opinion <heard voices of dissent at the meeting>: as a :  religious nonconformity b :  a justice's nonconcurrence with a decision of the majority —called also dissenting opinion c :  political opposition to a government or its policies <attempts to suppress domestic dissent>

Examples of dissent in a sentence

  1. Church leaders permitted no dissent from church teachings.

  2. He did everything in his power to suppress political dissent.

  3. These dissents come from prominent scientists and should not be ignored.

  4. She argued in her dissent that Congress had exceeded its authority.



1585

First Known Use of dissent

1585


DISSENT Defined for Kids

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dissent

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verb dis·sent \di-ˈsent\

Definition of dissent for Students

dissenteddissenting

  1. :  disagree 1 <Mom suggested eating out, but Dad dissented.>

dissenter noun



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dissent

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noun dis·sent

Definition of dissent for Students

  1. :  difference of opinion <The class voted without dissent for a field trip.>




Law Dictionary

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dissent

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intransitive verb dis·sent \di-ˈsent\

Legal Definition of dissent

  1. 1 :  to withhold assent or approval <unfair squeezeout transactions—the kind to which public shareholders seem most likely to dissent — R. C. Clark> — see also appraisal Editor's note: A shareholder who dissents from a proposed transaction may demand that the corporation buy his or her shares after an appraisal.

  2. 2 :  to differ in opinion; especially :  to disagree with a majority opinion <three of the justices dissented> — compare concur

dissenter noun



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dissent

noun dis·sent

Legal Definition of dissent

  1. 1 :  difference of opinion; especially :  a judge's disagreement with the decision of the majority

  2. 2 :  dissenting opinion at opinion

  3. 3 :  the judge or group of judges that dissent — compare majority





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