adjective, often capitalized
dis·​sent·​ing | \ di-ˈsen-tiŋ How to pronounce dissenting (audio) \

Definition of dissenting

: of or relating to the English Nonconformists a dissenting church dissenting merchants

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Examples of dissenting in a Sentence

dissenting views were ruthlessly suppressed under the dictatorship
Recent Examples on the Web Although most experts admit that our knowledge of the pathophysiology of this disease remains largely hidden to us, the instinct to shut down dissenting views is a strong as ever. Pradheep J. Shanker, National Review, "COVID-19 and the Need to Hear Out Devil’s Advocates," 28 Apr. 2020 The Senate passed the legislation, introduced by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), 81 to 17, with all the dissenting votes coming from Democrats. WSJ, "James Mattis Confirmation Hearing: Live Coverage," 12 Jan. 2017 The third member of the panel, Judge Josephine L. Staton, issued a fiery dissenting opinion. Time, "A Federal Court Threw Out A High Profile Climate Lawsuit. Here's What It Might Mean For The Future of Climate Litigation," 19 Jan. 2020 Some have shared their dissenting views in a private digital chat room that has already amassed hundreds of members. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "WGA’s fight with agents enters Act 2, but there’s no end in sight," 18 July 2019 Councilman Jerry Cano cast the dissenting vote without comment during last week’s council meeting. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Should city clerk, city treasurer positions be appointed? National City plans to ask voters," 21 Oct. 2019 But that dissenting Republican was Ryan Zinke, who at the time represented Montana in Congress. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: How a conservation fund helped sink Trump's budget-trimming efforts," 25 June 2018 And while Mr Trump has never hidden his allergy to multilateralism, today his cabinet has fewer dissenting voices. The Economist, "Europe has few good options for dealing with Donald Trump," 17 May 2018 Many of those members have left Pyeongchang, including the IOC's two strongest dissenting voices: Richard Pound of Canada and Adam Pengilly of Britain. Stephen Wade, Houston Chronicle, "IOC leaves decision on Russians at Olympics until Sunday," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dissenting

1644, in the meaning defined above

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“Dissenting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissenting. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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