re·​mon·​strance ri-ˈmän(t)-strən(t)s How to pronounce remonstrance (audio)
: an earnest presentation of reasons for opposition or grievance
especially : a document formally stating such points
: an act or instance of remonstrating

Examples of remonstrance in a Sentence

Many residents wrote letters of remonstrance to city officials. over the vociferous remonstrances of my parents I decided to drop my music lessons
Recent Examples on the Web There is a method to all the remonstrance. New York Times, 17 June 2021 The adoption of the ordinance, which passed with council approval vote Sept. 13, occurs at the Oct. 25 with information provided to all Prairie Ridge residents about the opportunity for remonstrance. Philip Potempa,, 27 Sep. 2021 Fast-forward to 1958, by which time Yard’s remonstrance had long been forgotten. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021 In defending his vote for the rezone, Rider explained that there is remonstrance to nearly every project that has come before him on council. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Aug. 2020 Despite the remonstrances of her children (Andrés Talero and Catherine Nunez) and the transplant surgeon, Dr. Castillo (Ariel Texidó), Millie befriends the organ recipient, Amér (Joel Hernández Lara). Celia Wren, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2020 His order penalizing anyone who harbored Quakers provoked 31 residents of Flushing on Long Island — none of them Quakers themselves — to sign a remonstrance, a collective appeal to redress their grievance. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 27 June 2018 No one spoke out for or against a plan being considered by Lake County officials to issue $12 million in capital improvement bonds during a public hearing Tuesday opening the remonstrance period for the proposal. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, 9 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of remonstrance was in 1573

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Cite this Entry

“Remonstrance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​mon·​strance ri-ˈmän(t)-strən(t)s How to pronounce remonstrance (audio)
: an act or instance of protest

Legal Definition


re·​mon·​strance ri-ˈmän-strəns How to pronounce remonstrance (audio)
: an earnest presentation of reasons in opposition to something
specifically : a document formally stating points of opposition or grievance
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