- a plea for the dismissal of a lawsuit on the grounds that even if the statements of the opposing party are true, they do not sustain the claim because they are insufficient or otherwise legally defective
- an objection; demur
- a person who demurs
Origin of demurrerOld French demorer, to demur: infinitive used as noun
- One that demurs; an objector.
- An objection.
- Law A response to a pleading that admits the facts alleged but denies that they support a cause of action.
- someone who demurs or objects
- (law) A motion by a party to an action, for the immediate or summary judgment of the court on the question, whether, assuming the truth of the matter alleged by the opposite party, it is sufficient in law to sustain the action or defense, and hence whether the party resting is bound to answer or proceed further.
demurrer - Legal Definition
In a litigation, a pleading or motion denying the legal sufficiency of an adversary’s claim. The term is archaic but is still used in a few jurisdictions, where such a denial would either be included in the answer or advanced in a motion to dismiss or preliminary objections.