Dissent Definition

dissented, dissenting, dissents
dissented, dissents
To differ with another's opinion; disagree.
Webster's New World
To openly differ with or reject an official, esp. political, belief, procedure, etc.
Webster's New World
To reach a conclusion contrary to the majority of the judges deciding a case; render a minority opinion.
American Heritage
To reject the doctrines and forms of an established church.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To differ from, especially in opinion, beliefs, etc.

The act of dissenting.
Webster's New World
Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement.
American Heritage
The refusal to conform to the authority or doctrine of an established church; nonconformity.
American Heritage
A judicial opinion reaching a conclusion contrary to that reached by the majority of judges deciding a case; a minority opinion.
American Heritage
Of a judicial decision, a non binding opinion by one or more judges who disagree with the majority’s holding; a withholding of consent to a decision or outcome; the exercise of free speech to express disagreement with a government action or policy.
Webster's New World Law

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Origin of Dissent

  • Early 1400s, from Latin dissentire "differ in sentiments, disagree, be at odds, contradict, quarrel," from dis- + sentire (see sense).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English dissenten from Latin dissentīre dis- dis- sentīre to feel sent- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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