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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.
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verb (used without object), re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.
  1. to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
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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 formsre·mon·strat·ing·ly, adverbre·mon·stra·tion [ree-mon-strey-shuhn, rem-uhn-] /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/, nounre·mon·stra·tive [ri-mon-struh-tiv] /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/, adjectivere·mon·stra·tive·ly, adverbre·mon·stra·tor [ri-mon-strey-ter] /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/, nounun·re·mon·strat·ed, adjectiveun·re·mon·strat·ing, adjectiveun·re·mon·stra·tive, adjective


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  • But he did not retrace his steps in order to remonstrate with her severely in the street.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • "It is of no use to say that," Jenkins ventured meekly to remonstrate.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Poor Jenkins watched her with despairing eyes, not venturing to remonstrate.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • It was in vain for the politic father to remonstrate with the headstrong son.

  • From time to time, however, they went back to knock at Martine's door to remonstrate with her.

    Doctor Pascal

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate


verb (intr)
  1. (usually foll by with, against, etc) to argue in protest or objectionto remonstrate with the government
  2. archaic to show or point out
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Derived Formsremonstration, nounremonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv), adjectiveremonstrator, 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 remonstrate


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.

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