Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dissenting, especially from the sentiment or policies of a majority.
  • n. A dissenter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dissenter.
  • adj. Dissenting; of a different opinion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disagreeing; declaring dissent; dissenting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disagreeing; expressing dissent; dissenting.
  • n. One who disagrees and declares his dissent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disagreeing, especially with a majority
  • adj. (of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England

Etymologies

From the Latin dissentient-, dissentiēns ("dissenting"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We may be right, but we must be provably, demonstrably and overpoweringly right before we are justified in calling the dissentient a fool.

    Mankind in the Making

  • That would make nine states—the number needed for ratification—“without a dissentient.”

    Ratification

  • There is obviously a segment of the Labour backbenches which is dissentient on this issue.

    A Dishonourable Signature

  • 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.

    Camilla

  • “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.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • 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.

    Hellenica

  • The solitary dissentient would soon fall prey to the hyenas.

    The Incoherence of Progress

  • 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.

    Sketches by Boz

  • The assembly passed all these measures without a dissentient voice, and was then dissolved.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • 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.

    Forerunners of the French Revolution. Part 2a

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