- To remonstrate is to plead or protest with reason.
An example of remonstrate is for a parent to remind a child to call and check in while they’re out of the house with friends.
transitive verbremonstrated, remonstrating
- to say or plead in protest, objection, complaint, etc.
- Obsolete to point out; show; demonstrate
Origin of remonstrate; from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare, to demonstrate ; from Classical Latin re-, again + monstrare, to show: see monstrance
verbre·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing, re·mon·strates
Origin of remonstrateMedieval Latin remōnstrāre, remōnstrāt-, to demonstrate : Latin re-, re- + Latin mōnstrāre, to show (from mōnstrum, portent; see monster).
(third-person singular simple present remonstrates, present participle remonstrating, simple past and past participle remonstrated)
- (intransitive) To object; to express disapproval (with, against).
- (intransitive, chiefly historical) Specifically, to lodge an official objection (especially by means of a remonstrance) with a monarch or other ruling body.
- (often with an object consisting of direct speech or a clause beginning with that) To state or plead as an objection, formal protest, or expression of disapproval.
- To point out; to show clearly; to make plain or manifest; hence, to prove; to demonstrate.
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