re·​mon·​strance | \ri-ˈmän(t)-strən(t)s \

Definition of remonstrance 

1 : an earnest presentation of reasons for opposition or grievance especially : a document formally stating such points

2 : an act or instance of remonstrating

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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

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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, "Document That Inspired Bill of Rights Goes on Display in Manhattan," 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, "Public keeps mum on Lake $12M improvements plan," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of remonstrance

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of remonstrance

: a protest or complaint about something


re·​mon·​strance | \ri-ˈmän-strəns \

Legal Definition of remonstrance 

: an earnest presentation of reasons in opposition to something specifically : a document formally stating points of opposition or grievance

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