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[ri-mon-streyt] /rɪˈmɒn streɪt/
verb (used with object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
Obsolete. to show.
verb (used without object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
Origin of remonstrate
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
remonstratingly, adverb
[ree-mon-strey-shuh n, rem-uh n-] /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/ (Show IPA),
[ri-mon-struh-tiv] /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
remonstratively, adverb
[ri-mon-strey-ter] /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
unremonstrated, adjective
unremonstrating, adjective
unremonstrative, adjective
3. argue, object, expostulate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for remonstrative
Historical Examples
  • “Another stop for a chimbley,” he muttered, with a remonstrative growl.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • “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.

  • “A pretty boast for a man in present safety,” remarked the Hebrew, with a remonstrative shake of the head.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • The remonstrative shouts of his friends, however, induced him to desist, and he sat down to work in a less perilous position.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • His father, remonstrative, but covertly proud of the excess, had paid his bills and brought him home.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • "I beg you not to suspect me of meanness," he answered, gently, and with a remonstrative smile.

    The Grandissimes George Washington Cable
  • He appealed to his uncle on the subject in a 'really—really' remonstrative tone, quite overwhelming to read.

  • A sudden smile from among the clouds lit up Shaw's ruddy, remonstrative countenance, as he put this question, and Oona smiled too.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for remonstrative


verb (intransitive)
usually foll by with, against, etc. to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government
(archaic) to show or point out
Derived Forms
remonstration, noun
remonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) adjective
remonstrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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