dissent

verb
dis·​sent | \ di-ˈsent How to pronounce dissent (audio) \
dissented; dissenting; dissents

Definition of dissent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to withhold assent or approval
2 : to differ in opinion Three of the justices dissented from the majority opinion.

dissent

noun

Definition of dissent (Entry 2 of 2)

: difference of opinion heard voices of dissent at the meeting : such as
a : religious nonconformity permitted no dissent from church teachings
b law : a justice's nonconcurrence with a decision of the majority cited an earlier case in her dissent

called also dissenting opinion

c : political opposition to a government or its policies attempts to suppress domestic dissent

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Examples of dissent in a Sentence

Verb

The Supreme Court, with two justices dissenting, ruled that the law was constitutional. anyone who dissented was encouraged to speak out while they had the chance

Noun

Church leaders permitted no dissent from church teachings. He did everything in his power to suppress political dissent. These dissents come from prominent scientists and should not be ignored. She argued in her dissent that Congress had exceeded its authority.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Five jury members voted that Charles Sanville was guilty of official oppression, a class A misdemeanor, while one juror dissented. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Mistrial declared in case where deputy accused of threatening hospital patient with Taser," 12 July 2019 In addition to passing the memorandum, the council voted 4-1, with Iseman dissenting, to allow Whalen and Councilwoman Sue Kempf to join city staff in negotiating the projects with the developer. Faith E. Pinho, latimes.com, "Laguna Beach begins preparations for 6 major developments," 11 July 2019 Although the Johnson campaign cites a dissenting study, on the whole there is good evidence that sin taxes change people’s behaviour. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 What made the case potentially important was that three justices — including Chief Justice Roberts — dissented, arguing that the rule should have been struck down as an unconstitutional delegation by Congress to the executive branch. Scott Lemieux, Vox, "5 takeaways from the Supreme Court’s just-ended term," 29 June 2019 The vote was 6-2, with Justice Kavanaugh not participating and Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito dissenting. WSJ, "Supreme Court Decisions for This Term," 28 June 2019 When the men leave to post bail, the dissenting women meet in a barn to discuss the options the bishop did not give them. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 decision, with Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court limits access to government records in loss for Argus Leader, a USA TODAY Network affiliate," 24 June 2019 He was joined by six other justices, while Clarence Thomas dissented and was joined in part by Neil Gorsuch. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS reverses Curtis Flowers’ quadruple murder conviction on racist jury selection," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Elena Kagan wrote a dissent, joined by the court’s liberal wing, which includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court says partisan gerrymandering is not its problem," 27 June 2019 The slightest dissent or resistance brings swift, harsh punishment. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' is the one TV show right now that refuses to be a distraction," 28 June 2018 But in 2016, Russian disinformation and the Trump team’s own targeting of disenchanted Democrats led many campaign veterans on the left and the right to conclude that sowing dissent inside an opponent’s ranks could work. Matthew Rosenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump consultant is trolling Democrats with Biden site that isn’t Biden’s," 29 June 2019 There may be more writing, of both majority opinions and dissents. The Christian Science Monitor, "The week in photos (June 24-28)," 28 June 2019 Wang’s comments were an unacceptable attempt by a public official to try to silence dissent. Mercury News Editorial Board, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Cupertino official should apologize for housing outburst," 28 June 2019 But curiously, in 2015, Chief Justice Roberts wrote a strong dissent in a case narrowly upholding the constitutionality of just such a commission in Arizona. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "Why did the justices rule that courts cannot curb partisan redistricting?," 28 June 2019 Satire, art and political dissent could be swept up in any overly broad ban, creating more headaches. SFChronicle.com, "Ive leaving Apple; Amazon’s Rite Aid deal; Facebook mulls ‘deepfake’ videos," 27 June 2019 Justice Samuel Alito wrote separately in partial dissent. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "Trump seeks to delay census ‘no matter how long’ after Supreme Court strikes citizenship question," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of dissent

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissent

Verb and Noun

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

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dissent

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dissent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

dissent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dissent (Entry 2 of 2)

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

verb
dis·​sent | \ di-ˈsent How to pronounce dissent (audio) \
dissented; dissenting

Kids Definition of dissent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from dissent

dissenter noun

dissent

noun

Kids Definition of dissent (Entry 2 of 2)

: difference of opinion The class voted without dissent for a field trip.
dis·​sent | \ di-ˈsent How to pronounce dissent (audio) \

Legal Definition of dissent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Note: A shareholder who dissents from a proposed transaction may demand that the corporation buy his or her shares after an appraisal.

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

Other Words from dissent

dissenter noun

dissent

noun

Legal Definition of dissent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : difference of opinion especially : a judge's disagreement with the decision of the majority
2 : dissenting opinion at opinion
3 : the judge or group of judges that dissent — compare majority

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