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
MacDonald at least clues in to my ignorance, but also demurs.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality | Noah Caldwell | September 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“When I was single that was the headline, now I am married with three children,” he demurs, laughing.
What accounts for this gender role reversal, in which Vanessa pursues and Louie demurs?
Needless to say, SNL's Hagel demurs and, as such, McCain regrets that he can't support the nomination.
When Prince Hal tells Falstaff that “thou owest God a death,” he demurs.
She demurs to removal, but goes in the end on condition that all present shall come and see dolly galvanised at an early date.Somehow Good | William de Morgan
Demurs of law process imposed checks upon the uncharitable haste of the odium theologicum.
Small wonder that the terrified youngster is loath to go up to the loft to bed alone that night and demurs to the demand.The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction | Dorothy Scarborough
Major has contended for its being the work of Da Vinci himself, but Nordenskild demurs.
She turned at that, and walked back to the inn, nose in air, but thereafter there were no more demurs.Big Game | Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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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