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 July action was approved on an 8-2 vote, with Esther George, president of the Fed’s Kansas City regional bank, and Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, dissenting and arguing there should be no rate cut at all. Martin Crutsinger, BostonGlobe.com, "Fed officials widely divided on rates at July meeting," 21 Aug. 2019 Leadership encouraged active and vocal communication between employees who held strong opinions or dissented with the company’s decisions. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How Google’s Secrecy Led to Company Turmoil," 16 Aug. 2019 The dissenting family members accuse those who voted to sell of seeking to shut down events at Alpenrose and sell the land for development. oregonlive.com, "Alpenrose Dairy, a SW Portland institution, readies sale; opposing family owners sue to block it," 16 Aug. 2019 This comes following pressure from the Chinese aviation regulator to vet Cathay’s crew for dissenting activities; the airline’s stock dropped 4% as a result. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Dangers of Tech Firms’ Safe Harbor: CEO Daily," 12 Aug. 2019 Journalists, bloggers and authors of dissenting social media posts have been arrested. Washington Post, "Egypt jails American traveler, saying she criticized the government on Facebook," 9 Aug. 2019 Two committee members, both presidents of Fed District Banks, dissented. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Edward Lotterman: Hooray for complexity in the Federal Reserve’s structure," 3 Aug. 2019 Members of the Federal Open Market Committee, comprised of the seven Board members and 12 regional Fed presidents, have dissented under both of Powell's predecessors. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed dissenters say economy didn't need rate cuts," 2 Aug. 2019 The commission approved the settlement with a 3-2 vote, with the dissenting commissioners wantin tougher action taken against Zuckerberg. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Facebook fined $5 billion by FTC, must update and adopt new privacy, security measures," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The justices did not hear arguments in the case and did not issue a majority opinion or a dissent. David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, "Supreme Court may again fast-track a legal dispute over Trump’s immigration plans," 6 Sep. 2019 Government suppressed their dissent, provoking other frustrated groups to join in protesting against real and perceived marginalization against the country’s English-speaking regions. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "Cameroon’s Anglophone separatist leaders have been jailed for life," 20 Aug. 2019 The only other a dissent was in June by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard, who wanted a cut then. Donna Borak, CNN, "Fed dissenters say economy didn't need rate cuts," 2 Aug. 2019 As Rebecca Slaughter pointed out in her dissent, which is very much worth reading, one problem with exempting Facebook executives from all other liability is that executives’ actions during this time were never fully investigated. Casey Newton, The Verge, "It’s time to regulate tech platforms with laws, not fines," 30 July 2019 The justices upheld the use of lethal injection, but in a dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer urged the Supreme Court to take a fresh look at the constitutionality of the death penalty. Katie Benner, New York Times, "U.S. to Resume Executions of Federal Inmates on Death Row," 25 July 2019 Pompeo’s transformation reflects the larger story of how the Republican Party went from disdaining Trump to embracing him with barely a murmur of dissent. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 Liberals too have mistakenly sought state power to push their objectives and made the mistake of themselves becoming intolerant of dissent. K.n.c., The Economist, "India cannot flourish without individual freedom," 16 Aug. 2019 In the mid-1930s, when many in the French government still thought that Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini might be reasoned with, Mandel—like Winston Churchill, who soon became a close ally—was a constant voice of dissent. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 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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