Dissent Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Dissent, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Dissent?

n. 1) A judge or court of appeals opinion which disagrees with the popular opinion. Dissent may triumph as the law and society progress. Dissenting opinions of Oliver Wendess Holmes, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1902-1932) have been widely quoted and have served to shape the basis for later majority opinions. 2) Declared disagreement with mainstream thought.