[ ri-mon-streyt ]
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verb (used with object),re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.
  1. to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.

  2. Obsolete. to show.

verb (used without object),re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.
  1. 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

Other words for remonstrate

Other words from remonstrate

  • re·mon·strat·ing·ly, adverb
  • re·mon·stra·tion [ree-mon-strey-shuhn, rem-uhn-], /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/, noun
  • re·mon·stra·tive [ri-mon-struh-tiv], /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/, adjective
  • re·mon·stra·tive·ly, adverb
  • re·mon·stra·tor [ri-mon-strey-ter], /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/, noun
  • un·re·mon·strat·ed, adjective
  • un·re·mon·strat·ing, adjective
  • un·re·mon·stra·tive, adjective

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How to use remonstrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate


/ (ˈrɛmənˌstreɪt) /

  1. (usually foll by with, against, etc) to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government

  2. archaic to show or point out

Origin of remonstrate

C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show

Derived forms of remonstrate

  • remonstration, noun
  • remonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv), adjective
  • remonstrator, noun

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