Meaning of “dissent” in the English Dictionary

"dissent" in British English

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dissentnoun [ U ]

uk /dɪˈsent/ us /dɪˈsent/ formal

a strong difference of opinion on a particular subject, especially about an official suggestion or plan or a popular belief:

When the time came to approve the proposal, there were one or two voices of dissent.
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in sports such as football and rugby, the offence of disagreeing with a decision made by a referee :

Rooney was booked for dissent after the referee failed to award United a penalty.

dissentverb [ I ]

uk /dɪˈsent/ us /dɪˈsent/ formal

to disagree with other people about something:

Anyone wishing to dissent from the motion should now raise their hand.
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adjective uk /dɪˈsen.tɪŋ/ us /dɪˈsen.t̬ɪŋ/ formal

There was only one dissenting voice (= one person who disagreed).

(Definition of “dissent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dissentnoun [ 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.

dissentverb [ 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.

(Definition of “dissent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)