de·​mur·​ral | \di-ˈmər-əl, -ˈmə-rəl\

Definition of demurral 

: the act or an instance of demurring

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Examples of demurral in a Sentence

Suggestions that she run for president have been met with repeated demurrals. surprisingly, she wrote the check for the parking fine without demurral

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The structural necessity for demurral is why the wedded or betrothed have always provided such excellent seduction possibilities; think courtly love. Laura Kipnis, The Cut, "Should There Be a Future for Seduction?," 10 June 2018 By Monday morning, Trump still hadn't condemned or distanced himself from the white supremacists - who praised his demurral. Seth A. Richardson,, "Talk It Out: Should Cleveland Clinic's CEO leave Trump advisory council?," 15 Aug. 2017 Rosenberg’s demurral isn’t entirely surprising, given the framing. Christopher Ingraham, The Cannabist, "DEA-sanctioned informant trafficking keeps drugs in communities," 11 Apr. 2017 And, despite their demurrals, the snake-oil peddlers who are perilously close to achieving their goal know good and well this is the case. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Even Wisconsin Republicans Hate Scott Walker Now," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of demurral

1810, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of demurral

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

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