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

Examples of dissenting in a Sentence

dissenting views were ruthlessly suppressed under the dictatorship
Recent Examples on the Web Board member Renee Paschall cast the lone dissenting vote on the final package. Elizabeth Sander, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Aug. 2022 The new gun law was passed by New Zealand’s parliament near-unanimously, with only a single dissenting vote. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 May 2022 Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman was the sole dissenting vote. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 No Russian official who spoke gave a dissenting view. Nomaan Merchant And Vladimir Isachenkov, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2022 But others said no harm would be done by allowing the restaurant owner to express a dissenting view. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 The House approved its map, 158-1, last week, with Representative Lenny Mirra, a Georgetown Republican, providing the lone dissenting vote. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Keith Carson, president of the Board of Supervisors, was the lone dissenting vote on the resolution, sayng the county needs to spend its money on hospitals and social service programs. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Councilman Mario Bravo abstained from voting on the budget and property tax rate, and Councilman Clayton Perry supported the budget but cast a single dissenting vote against keeping the tax rate at 55.8 cents per $100 of valuation. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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