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

Examples of remonstrate in a Sentence

He got angry when I politely remonstrated with him about littering.
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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 24 May. 2024.

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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