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Regardless of the US Supreme Court's decision, there is no guarantee any type of opinion will be written. Per curiam (unsigned) decisions -- which are reasonably common -- seldom include full written opinions. About 20% of the US Supreme Court's decisions lack any written opinion; many simply affirm a lower court's decision without comment, or remand a case to a lower court for further action in light of a particular cited decision.

Other cases may include only a majority opinion (the "opinion of the Court"), because there is no requirement for the minority to write a dissenting opinion. There are many examples of split-votes that lack dissenting opinions, and some even include a concurring opinion from a member of the majority.

If this is a homework question, the expected (but incorrect) answer is majority and dissenting.

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The explanation for the US Supreme Court's decision is called the opinion.


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