dissentdis‧sent1 /dɪˈsent/ ●○○ noun1[uncountable]PPrefusal to agree with an official decision or acceptedopinion syn opposition, → consent, assentthe ruthless suppression of political dissentThese voices of dissent grew louder.2[countable] lawSCT a statement by a judge giving their reasons for disagreeing with the other judges in a law case
dissentdissent2 verb [intransitive]1PGRRto say that you disagree with an official decision or accepted opiniondissent fromFew historians would dissent from this view.There are some dissenting voices (=people who do not agree) among the undergraduates.► see thesaurus at disagree2law if a judge dissents, they say formally that they do not agree with the other judges in a law case→ See Verb table
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dissent• The decision was supported by almost everyone. Baldwin was the only one to dissent.• The barristermember, Miss Anne Rafferty, dissented.• I respectfully dissent and would reverse.• Romer L.J., at p. 652, did not dissent but expressed a doubt.• We do not dissent from that proposition.• Another dissented from the finalfigure, holding out for a loweraward.• No one dareddissent from the official party line.• That ratification depends on Parliament only dissenting in legally ambiguous ways?• JusticeFrank Murphy dissented separately and voted to affirm the conviction.• Blair would be wise to listen to some of the dissenting voices in his party.dissenting voices• There were only a couple of critically dissenting voices.• With dissenting voices now silent, it became easier to bomb than to talk.• Very few dissenting voices were heard on the left.