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1 : to withhold assent or approval [unfair squeezeout transactions—the kind to which public shareholders seem most likely to "R. C. Clark"] see also appraisal NOTE: A shareholder who dissents from a proposed transaction may demand that the corporation buy his or her shares after an appraisal.
2 : to differ in opinion
: to disagree with a majority opinion [three of the justices ed] compare concur
n 1 : difference of opinion
: a judge's disagreement with the decision of the majority
2 : dissenting opinion at opinion
3 : the judge or group of judges that dissent compare majority
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.