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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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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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 An institutionalist who has sought to protect the Congress’s prerogatives as a co-equal branch of government has allowed Trump to chip away at them with barely a demurral. Michael A. Cohen, The New York Review of Books, "Michael A. Cohen," 25 Feb. 2019 There were no published dissents from that demurral. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court refuses to hear a Guantánamo detainee's appeal," 12 June 2019 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

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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

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

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