- a person who demurs; objector.
Origin of demurrer1
- Law. a pleading in effect that even if the facts are as alleged by the opposite party, they do not sustain the contention based on them.
- an objection raised; demur.
Origin of demurrer2
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2. dissent, challenge, protest, qualm, misgiving.
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Examples from the Web for demurrer
He began by a demurrer, speaking archly with subtle shades of expression.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Thus might a divine say: Will he arrest the judgments of God by a demurrer?The Collected Writing of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II
Thomas De Quincey
That is to say, it is a case that ought to be beaten on demurrer.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
Nor can the court assume, as admitted facts, the averments of the plea from the confession of the demurrer.
To this plea in abatement, a demurrer having been interposed on behalf of the plaintiff, it was sustained by the court.
- law a pleading that admits an opponent's point but denies that it is a relevant or valid argument
- any objection raised
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Word Origin and History for demurrer
legal pleading, 1530s, from Anglo-French demurrer, Old French demorer "to delay, retard" (see demur).
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