de·​mur·​ral | \ di-ˈmər-əl How to pronounce demurral (audio) , -ˈmə-rəl \

Definition of demurral

: the act or an instance of demurring

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Suggestions that she run for president have been met with repeated demurrals. surprisingly, she wrote the check for the parking fine without demurral
Recent Examples on the Web As to the possibility of breaking his seven-Preakness tie with 19th century trainer R. Wyndham Walden, Baffert gave his usual demurral. Childs Walker,, "After a tumultuous start to 2020, trainer Bob Baffert is back in Baltimore, seeking his record eighth Preakness victory," 2 Oct. 2020 Nevertheless, all systems rely upon buy-in, and every demurral helps to chip away a little at the rock on which the country has been built. The Editors, National Review, "There Will Be a Peaceful Transfer of Power," 24 Sep. 2020 Rather than giving the traditional I-would-be-honored-but-am-focused-on-my-current-job demurral, some interested parties have been more forthcoming. Lissandra Villa, Time, "How Joe Biden Transformed the Competition for the Vice Presidency," 21 May 2020 The demurral raised questions for the Saudis about the American commitment to Saudi security, which has underpinned the strategic layout of the Persian Gulf for decades. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia and Iran Make Quiet Openings to Head Off War," 4 Oct. 2019 Watching Peterson, in that video, you are reminded of the many Americans who may feel refreshed by Yang’s demurrals on race. New York Times, "Andrew Yang Knows How to Fit In. Somehow That’s Making Him an Outlier.," 23 Oct. 2019 That said, any demurral is clearly a minority opinion. Mark Feeney,, "Harvard Film Archive floats some boats with 2019 overnight movie marathon," 22 Aug. 2019 The Gerson woman poured them both another glass of whiskey, ignoring the maid’s demurral. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 This time, she’s lined up seven people to watch and wait and push through her demurrals and distractions, including her physician and midwife. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of demurral

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Demurral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of demurral

formal : an act of disagreeing politely about something : an act of demurring

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