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 The ordinance was passed with just one dissenting vote and more than half of council members as sponsors. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Fischer to take step forward with golf course bids, over council's clear disagreement," 28 Oct. 2019 The dissenting justice, Mark Weinberg, had reservations. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Strange Case against Cardinal Pell," 22 Aug. 2019 The two dissenting justices said the majority’s ruling was too broad. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019 The two dissenting justices said the ruling was too broad. Rachel La Corte, The Seattle Times, "Washington court: Obesity covered by antidiscrimination law," 12 July 2019 Tuesday’s high court decision was 6 to 1 – with Justice Sharon Kennedy dissenting. Laura Hancock, cleveland.com, "PUCO reverses disputed FirstEnergy charge; but customers won’t really get a refund.," 22 Aug. 2019 The city Planning Commission officially denied the project with a 6-1 vote on June 11, with Chairman Pat Garcia dissenting. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach council to review previously denied Ellis Avenue condo development," 16 Aug. 2019 The council approved the schedule in a 4-1 vote with Councilman Bill Kling dissenting. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville council approves new city salary schedule," 8 Aug. 2019 The proposal, from FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who leads a Republican majority, succeeded on a 3-2 vote with both Democrats dissenting. Todd Shields, BostonGlobe.com, "FCC vote threatens free cable services municipalities have long enjoyed," 1 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some Google employees who have been opposed to the company’s growing crackdown on dissent say this is just the latest roadblock preventing employees from voicing their concerns in front of executives. Greg Bensinger, Washington Post, "Google scales back its culture of transparency, as all-hands meetings become monthly," 15 Nov. 2019 But the system allowed little room for individual expression, much less for open criticism or dissent, leading to self-censorship at the most basic level. Martha Miller, National Review, "Will the U.S. Follow East Germany on Self-Censorship?," 12 Nov. 2019 This is English dissent, closer to 1984 than The Hobbit. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Can Atheism Inspire Great Fantasy?," 15 Oct. 2019 Without careful design and collective struggle, our default state might be to heighten authoritarianism, clamp down on dissent, reinforce borders and erect new ones. Rajesh Kasturirangan, Quartz India, "Authoritarian regimes are using algorithms to control minds and power," 3 Oct. 2019 Under him, dissent, including those from within the Party, is being silenced more quickly. Jane Li, Quartz, "In its seven decades, Communist China lived through famine, class struggle, and an astonishing economic rise," 30 Sep. 2019 The lesson many Arab governments seem to have drawn from 2011’s Arab Spring unrest is that dissent, and even open political expression, can mushroom into political collapse and chaos. David Mednicoff, The Conversation, "Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matters," 29 Aug. 2019 This whole country was founded on the principle of dissent, right? Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Fourth of July parade spectators bemoan political tone of a holiday that has grown ‘more complicated’," 4 July 2019 The opposition contends Maduro uses such claims to justify his crackdown on dissent. Fox News, "Maduro government claims plot to assassinate Venezuelan leader thwarted," 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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The first known use of dissent was in the 15th century

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19 Nov 2019

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“Dissent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissented. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for dissent

dissent

verb
How to pronounce dissent (audio)

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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