An example of demur is an attorney objecting to a statement by a witness.
- to hesitate because of one's doubts or objections; have scruples; object
- Law to enter a demurrer
Origin of demurMiddle English demuren ; from Old French demorer ; from Classical Latin demorari, to delay ; from de-, from + morari, to delay ; from mora, a delay ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)mer-, to remember from source memory
- an act or instance of demurring
- an objection raised or exception taken
intransitive verbde·murred, de·mur·ring, de·murs
- To voice opposition; object: demurred at the suggestion. See Synonyms at object.
- Law To enter a demurrer.
- Archaic To delay.
- The act of demurring.
- An objection.
Origin of demurMiddle English demuren, to delay, from Anglo-Norman demurer, from Latin d&emacron;morar&imacron; : d&emacron;-, de- + morar&imacron;, to delay (from mora, delay).
(third-person singular simple present demurs, present participle demurring, simple past and past participle demurred)
- (intransitive) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair.
- (intransitive) To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk
- I demur to that statement.
- The personnel demurred at the management's new scheme.
- (intransitive, law) To interpose a demurrer.
- Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.
- All my demurs but double his attacks; At last he whispers, ``Do; and we go snacks. - Alexander Pope
demur - Legal Definition