Definition of dissentient in English:


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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛnʃɪənt
, -ʃ(ə)nt/



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  • A person who opposes a majority or official opinion.
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    • It must think it really did win the last state election, even though the Libs polled more votes and gained more seats than Labor, which came to office only through backroom deals with two or three Liberal dissentients.
    • The dissentients agreed in this construction to the extent that they determined that the position of the barrister was solely governed by section 10.
    • Views of these kinds, with their roots mainly in clinical observation and practice, held sway with many variations and some dissentients well into the twentieth century.


early 17th century: from Latin dissentient- 'differing in opinion', from the verb dissentire.

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