- 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.
- to differ in belief or opinion; disagree: often with from
- 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
- minority report
dissent - Legal Definition