- Dissent is defined as a disagreement in opinion.
An example of dissent is the decision to vote differently from one's friends in the student council election.
- The definition of dissent is to differ in opinion.
An example of dissent is for two children to disagree over who gets to play with a specific toy.
dissent definition by Webster's New World
- to differ in belief or opinion; disagree: often with from
- to reject the doctrines and forms of an established church
Origin: Middle English dissenten ; from Classical Latin dissentire ; from dis-, apart plush sentire, to feel, think: see send
- the rendering of a minority opinion in the decision of a law case
- religious nonconformity
dissent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb dis·sent·ed, dis·sent·ing, dis·sents
- To differ in opinion or feeling; disagree.
- To withhold assent or approval.
- Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement.
- The refusal to conform to the authority or doctrine of an established church; nonconformity.
- Law A justice's refusal to concur with the opinion of a majority, as on a higher court. Also called dissenting opinion.
Origin: Middle English dissenten, from Latin dissentīre : dis-, dis- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·sentˈing·ly adverb
dissent - Legal Definition