verb (used with object), re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.

to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
Obsolete. to show.

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

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 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

Synonyms for remonstrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remonstrative

Historical Examples of remonstrative

  • “Another stop for a chimbley,” he muttered, with a remonstrative growl.

  • “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

British Dictionary definitions for remonstrative


verb (intr)

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

Word Origin for remonstrate

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.

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