dissent-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a judge's nonconforming legal opinion to a majority ruling

Commentary: DISSENT[+action][+verbal][+nonconforming][+judge][+ruling][+majority] [+entity][+artifact][+document][+legal][+opinion][+nonconforming]
NOTE: always refers to legal statements written by justices

Justice Barker wrote the dissents for two rulings last week.
The dissent of the three justices related to the interpretation of the Fifth Amendment.
The law students studied the dissents as well as the rulings for these Supreme Court decisions.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a disagreement, difference in opinion

Commentary: DISSENT[+action][+verbal][+disagreement] [+state][+social][+opinion][+difference]
NOTE: implies a general disagreement on an issue, but not a legal statement (Sense 1)

I heard no voices of dissent at town meeting last night over the new dog park.
The only dissent came from John who wanted Thai food for dinner instead of Italian.
He doesn't remember much dissent in his family, growing up.
The question of gay marriage has caused a major dissent in the Episcopalian church.

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Sense Number 3: public protest or resistance

Commentary: DISSENT[+activity][+public][+protest]
NOTE: implies a civic protest involving a group, sometimes organized

There was dissent in the streets over the hyper-inflation of the currency.
Anti-war protesters organized a peaceful dissent in front of the White House.
It's a dangerous country these days with street violence and ongoing civic dissent.

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WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3