American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Dissenting, especially from the sentiment or policies of a majority.
- n. A dissenter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Disagreeing; expressing dissent; dissenting.
- n. One who disagrees and declares his dissent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Disagreeing; declaring dissent; dissenting.
- adj. disagreeing, especially with a majority
- adj. (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
- From the Latin dissentient-, dissentiēns ("dissenting"). (Wiktionary)
“We may be right, but we must be provably, demonstrably and overpoweringly right before we are justified in calling the dissentient a fool.”
“That would make nine states—the number needed for ratification—“without a dissentient.””
“There is obviously a segment of the Labour backbenches which is dissentient on this issue.”
“Camilla instantly decided for the airing, and without a dissentient voice: so entirely had the extreme good humour of Sir Hugh won the hearts of the little party, that they felt as if the whole of their entertainment depended upon his presence.”
““You do not seem much delighted with our improvements, sir?” said the banker, astonished to hear a dissentient voice where he conceived all men were unanimous.”
“This obstinate dissentient was Socrates, the son of Sophroniscus, who insisted that he would do nothing except in accordance with the law. 55 After this Euryptolemus rose and spoke in behalf of the generals.”
“The solitary dissentient would soon fall prey to the hyenas.”
“The proposition was put to the vote, and there appearing to be only one dissentient voice, Mr. Percy Noakes was declared duly elected, and took the chair accordingly.”
“The assembly passed all these measures without a dissentient voice, and was then dissolved.”
“The Italian Hierarchy, with but one dissentient, stood loyally by the Sovereign Pontiff and in 1805, in the pontificate of Pius VII, Ricci retracted his errors.”
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