dis·sent 1 /di-'sent/ vi
1: to withhold assent or approval
unfair squeezeout transactions—the kind to which public shareholders seem most likely to dissent — R. C. Clark see also appraisal
◇ A shareholder who dissents from a proposed transaction may demand that the corporation buy his or her shares after an appraisal.
2: to differ in opinion; esp: to disagree with a majority opinion
three of the justices dissent ed compare concur
dis··sent·er n
dissent 2 n
1: difference of opinion; esp: a judge's disagreement with the decision of the majority
3: the judge or group of judges that dissent compare majority

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (difference of opinion) noun apostasy, argument, caviling, challenge, clash, confirmed opposition, conflict, conflict of opinion, contraposition, demur, disaccord, disagreement, discord, discordance, disharmony, disparity, dissensio, dissension, dissentience, dissidence, dissonance, divergence, diversity of opinion, expostulation, failure to agree, friction, lack of harmony, nonagreement, noncompliance, objection, oppositeness, opposition, schism, unconformity, variance II (nonconcurrence) noun contrariety, disagreement, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, discontent, dissatisfaction, dissension, dissentient voice, disunity, nonagreement, nonassent, nonconformity, nonconsent, nonobservance, objection, opposition, repudiation, variance associated concepts: dissenting opinion, dissenting vote III (differ in opinion) verb argue, be at variance, be contrary, be of contrary sentiment, bicker, clash, collide, conflict, confute, contradict, differ, differ in sentiment, disagree, disagree in opinion, dispute, dissentire, dissidere, not agree, oppose, quarrel, take exception, take issue with associated concepts: dissenting fiduciary, dissenting stockholders IV (withhold assent) verb be unwilling, challenge, decline, decline to agree, defy, demur, disallow, disapprove, negate, negative, nonconsent, not accept, not approve, not consider, not defend, not hold with, object, oppose, prohibit, protest, raise objections, raise one's voice against, rebuff, refuse, refuse assent, refuse to admit, reject, repudiate, repulse, resist, spurn associated concepts: dissent from the majority opinion V index argument (contention), bicker, challenge, collide (clash), conflict (noun), conflict (verb), contend (dispute), contention (opposition), contest (dispute), contradict, contradiction, contravention, demonstrate (protest), demur, denial, deny (contradict), differ (vary), disaccord (noun), disaccord (verb), disaffirm, disagree, disagreement, disallow, disapprobation, disapproval, disavow, discord, disown (deny the validity), dispute (debate), dissatisfaction, dissension, dissidence, except (object), exception (objection), faction, gainsay, impugnation, incompatibility (difference), negation, nonconformity, object, objection, oppugn, outcry, protest (noun), protest (verb), refuse, reject, rejection, reluctance, renounce, repudiate, repudiation, resist (oppose), schism, secede, strife, variance (disagreement)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To hold a contrary opinion; to disagree with the majority or official view of a matter; used especially of judges presiding over the same case.
A contrary opinion; an opinion written by a judge or justice explicitly disagreeing with the majority decision.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A stated disagreement with prevailing thought. Also, the opinion of a judge of a court of appeals, including the U. S. Supreme Court, that disagrees with the majority opinion.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. 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 Dictionary. . 2000.

An explicit disagreement by one or more judges with the decision of the majority on a case before them.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An explicit disagreement by one or more judges with the decision of the majority on a case before them.
II (dissent to disagree) An appellate court opinion setting forth the minority view and outlining the disagreement of one or more judges with the decision of the majority.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) the opinion of a judge of a court of appeals, including the U.S. Supreme Court, which disagrees with the majority opinion. Sometimes a dissent may eventually prevail as the law or society evolves. Prime examples include the many dissenting opinions of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902-1932), which were widely quoted and often formed the basis for later majority decisions.
   2) stated disagreement with prevailing thought.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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