- 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.
- Now Rare to differ with another's opinion; disagree
- to openly differ with or reject an official, esp. political, belief, procedure, etc.
- to reject the doctrines and forms of an established church
Origin of dissentMiddle English dissenten ; from Classical Latin dissentire ; from dis-, apart + sentire, to feel, think: see send
- the rendering of a minority opinion in the decision of a law case
- religious nonconformity
intransitive verbdis·sent·ed, dis·sent·ing, dis·sents
- To have or express an opinion different from a prevailing or official position; disagree.
- Law To reach a conclusion contrary to the majority of the judges deciding a case; render a minority opinion.
- Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement.
- The refusal to conform to the authority or doctrine of an established church; nonconformity.
- Law A judicial opinion reaching a conclusion contrary to that reached by the majority of judges deciding a case; a minority opinion. Also called dissenting opinion.
Origin of dissentMiddle English dissenten, from Latin dissentīre : dis-, dis- + sentīre, to feel; see sent- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dissents, present participle dissenting, simple past and past participle dissented)
- Disagreement with the ideas, doctrines, decrees, etc. of a political party, government or religion.
- An act of disagreeing with, or deviating from, the views and opinions of those holding authority.
- (Anglo-American common law) A separate opinion filed in a case by judges who disagree with the outcome of the majority of the court in that case
Early 1400s, from Latin dissentire "differ in sentiments, disagree, be at odds, contradict, quarrel," from dis- + sentire (see sense).
dissent - Legal Definition