1 to have a disagreement or withhold assent
2 (Christianity) to refuse to conform to the doctrines, beliefs, or practices of an established church, and to adhere to a different system of beliefs and practices
3 a difference of opinion
4 (Christianity) separation from an established church; Nonconformism
5 the voicing of a minority opinion in announcing the decision on a case at law; dissenting judgment
(C16: from Latin dissentire to disagree, from dis-1 + sentire to perceive, feel)
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