re·​mon·​strate ˈre-mən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce remonstrate (audio)
remonstrated; remonstrating

intransitive verb

: to present and urge reasons in opposition : expostulate
usually used with with

transitive verb

: to say or plead in protest, reproof, or opposition
remonstration noun
remonstrative adjective
remonstratively adverb
remonstrator noun

Example Sentences

He got angry when I politely remonstrated with him about littering.
Recent Examples on the Web Their grandmother paid them a visit, to remonstrate with Marlene and accuse her of going off the rails. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The former Tottenham player wasn’t going over to the referee at the full-time whistle to share a heart-warming moment with Mike Dean but to clearly remonstrate, gesticulating with his hands. Rob Harris, ajc, 26 Feb. 2022 Referee Christian Dingert stopped the game as a result of the banner, which led to Bayern's players and manager Hansi Flick running to remonstrate with the supporters and implore them to remove the banner. Ben Morse, CNN, 29 Feb. 2020 Thomas Tuchel kept his side in the dressing room for a prolonged team-talk, presumably to remonstrate with them for a poor first half display., 27 July 2019 Western governments have remonstrated, to no avail. The Economist, 24 Oct. 2019 Silva, who remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle, oversaw the spending of more than 100 million pounds ($120 million) on new signings in the offseason to continue Everton’s unprecedented outlay over the past three years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2019 Wallabies captain Michael Hooper openly remonstrated with referee Romain Poite over the award and to increase Australian anger Patchell slotted over the penalty to stretch the Welsh lead to 16-8. Paul Gittings, CNN, 29 Sep. 2019 After being substituted by Jurgen Klopp in the second half, Mane proceeded to shout angrily at the bench, with his teammates needing to console him after furiously remonstrating on the sidelines., 15 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare to demonstrate, from Latin re- + monstrare to show — more at muster

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of remonstrate was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Remonstrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



re·​mon·​strate ri-ˈmän-ˌstrāt How to pronounce remonstrate (audio)
remonstrated; remonstrating
: to present and urge reasons in opposition
remonstrate with a student for being late

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