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demur

verb de·mur \ di-ˈmər \

Definition of demur

demurred; demurring
intransitive verb
1 archaic :delay, hesitate
2 law :to file a demurrer
3 :to take exception :object often used with to or at
  • it would seem hazardous to demur to a proposition which is so widely accepted
  • —Samuel Alexander

Examples of demur in a Sentence

  1. She suggested that he would win easily, but he demurred, saying he expected the election to be close.

  2. don't hesitate to demur to the idea if you have any qualms

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Origin and Etymology of demur

Middle English demuren, demeren to linger, from Anglo-French demurer, demoerer, from Latin demorari, from de- + morari to linger, from mora delay — more at mora


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demur

noun

Definition of demur

1 :hesitation (as in doing or accepting) usually based on doubt of the acceptability of something offered or proposed
  • after some delay and demur, the door grudgingly turned on its hinges
  • —Charles Dickens
2 :the act or an instance of objecting :protest
  • rather than be brought into court he will pay without demur
  • —G. B. Shaw

Examples of demur in a Sentence

  1. we accepted his offer to pay for our dinners without demur

Origin and Etymology of demur

see 1demur

Synonym Discussion of demur

qualm, scruple, compunction, demur mean a misgiving about what one is doing or going to do. qualm implies an uneasy fear that one is not following one's conscience or better judgment.
    • no qualms about plagiarizing
scruple implies doubt of the rightness of an act on grounds of principle.
    • no scruples against buying stolen goods
compunction implies a spontaneous feeling of responsibility or compassion for a potential victim.
    • had compunctions about lying
demur implies hesitation caused by objection to an outside suggestion or influence.
    • accepted her decision without demur

DEMUR Defined for English Language Learners

demur

verb

Definition of demur for English Language Learners

  • : to disagree politely with another person's statement or suggestion

  • : to politely refuse to accept a request or suggestion


demur

noun

Definition of demur for English Language Learners

  • : an act of disagreeing about something


Law Dictionary

demur

intransitive verb de·mur \ di-ˈmər \

legal Definition of demur

demurred; demurring
:to interpose a demurrer
  • demur to the declaration

demurrable

adjective


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