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dissent

noun [U]  us   /dɪˈsent/
strong difference of opinion; disagreement esp. about official decisions: There was very little room for dissent or different points of view. law A dissent is also a legal opinion by a judge in a court that differs from the opinion of most of the other judges of the court.

dissent

verb [I]  us   /dɪˈsent/ law
(of a judge) to offer a legal opinion in a court that differs from the opinion of most of the other judges of the court: A staunch conservative, he frequently dissented from the court’s majority opinion.
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