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Pronunciation: dis-SENT

A dissenting opinion is an opinion written by one or more appellate judges who disagrees with the decision of the majority.

Sometimes the dissenting opinion is referred to as “the dissent”.

Majority Opinion and Concurring Opinion

The majority opinion is the decision written by a majority of the justices on the panel. A concurring opinion agrees with the result of the majority but for different or additional reasons.

Sample Sentence

In their dissent, Justice Lee and Justice Gupta argued that the majority was not correctly interpreting the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

Plain Language

In plain language to dissent means to disagree.

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