to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
Law. to interpose a demurrer.
Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
the act of making objection.
an objection raised.
Law: Obsolete. a demurrer.
- de·mur·ra·ble, adjective
- un·de·mur·ring, adjective
- demur , demure
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How to use demur in a sentence
The reason people demur is that the factual basis of this assertion is very thin.
The intelligence officers at the bomb scene do not demur from this assessment.After Beirut Bombing of Wissan al-Hassan, a Wary Calm in Lebanon | Jamie Dettmer | October 30, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And so it goes again: Democrats claim a knockout, Republicans demur.
Should you suggest something inspired or adventurous, many chefs will demur and revert to their been-there, drank-that pairing.
But if another, more prominent name were suggested for the position, Mrs. Clinton may demur.
Marie proposed that he take a walk with David, and Frederick consented without the slightest demur.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
Gaston seemed to demur, but Félice overruled him imperiously.The Rose of Old St. Louis | Mary Dillon
It was arranged so, with only a little demur from Mrs. Millar, over-ruled by her husband.A Houseful of Girls | Sarah Tytler
She made no demur, but sat down to the piano and began to sing.Queensland Cousins | Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
Sangiorgio had no time to demur or even to reply; he at once found himself beside the carriage.The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
British Dictionary definitions for demur
to raise objections or show reluctance; object
law to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
archaic to hesitate; delay
the act of demurring
an objection raised
- demurrable, adjective
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