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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

Full Definition of dissent

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to withhold assent

  3. 2 :  to differ in opinion

Examples of dissent

  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

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

  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



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