At least one party's disagreement with the majority opinion. Thus, an appellate judge who writes an opinion opposing the holding is said to file a dissenting opinion.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A stated disagreement with prevailing thought. Also, the opinion of a judge of a court of appeals, including the U. S. Supreme Court, that disagrees with the majority opinion.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:14 pm