- to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
- Obsolete. to show.
- to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
Origin of remonstrate
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Examples from the Web for remonstrative
“Another stop for a chimbley,” he muttered, with a remonstrative growl.Life in the Red Brigade
“There, I told you how it would be,” said Sam in an ill-used, remonstrative tone.The Vast Abyss
George Manville Fenn
Clotilde turned toward the questioner a remonstrative glance.The Grandissimes
George Washington Cable
He turned back with a sort of remonstrative growl, and re-entered the back lane, but Signor Twittorini was gone.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
“A pretty boast for a man in present safety,” remarked the Hebrew, with a remonstrative shake of the head.The Hot Swamp
- (usually foll by with, against, etc) to argue in protest or objectionto remonstrate with the government
- archaic to show or point out
Word Origin and History for remonstrative
1590s, "make plain," back-formation from remonstration, or else from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare "to demonstrate" (see remonstrance). Meaning "to exhibit or present strong reasons against" is from 1690s. Related: Remonstrated; remonstrating.