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dissent

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verb dis·sent \di-ˈsent\

Definition of dissent

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to withhold assent or approval

  3. 2 :  to differ in opinion Three of the justices dissented from the majority 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

Recent Examples of dissent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dissent

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


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dissent

noun dis·sent

Definition of dissent

  1. :  difference of opinion heard voices of dissent at the meeting: such asa :  religious nonconformity permitted no dissent from church teachingsb law :  a justice's nonconcurrence with a decision of the majority cited an earlier case in her dissent —called also dissenting opinionc :  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.

Recent Examples of dissent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dissent

see 1dissent


DISSENT Defined for English Language Learners

dissent

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verb

Definition of dissent for English Language Learners

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

dissent

noun

Definition of dissent for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DISSENT Defined for Kids

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dissent

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verb dis·sent \di-ˈsent\

Definition of dissent for Students

dissented

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dissenting

  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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