Demur meaning

dĭ-mûr
To delay.
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Demur is defined as to object or delay.

An example of demur is an attorney objecting to a statement by a witness.

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To voice opposition; object.

Demurred at the suggestion.

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To enter a demurrer.
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The act of demurring.
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An objection.
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To hesitate because of one's doubts or objections; have scruples; object.
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To enter a demurrer.
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An act or instance of demurring.
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An objection raised or exception taken.
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To deny the legal sufficiency of an adversary’s claim, without admitting or denying the truth of the underlying facts, usually on a technical legal basis rather than the merits of the claim; to file a demurrer.
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(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.
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(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.

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(intransitive, law) To interpose a demurrer.
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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.

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Origin of demur

  • Middle English demuren to delay from Anglo-Norman demurer from Latin dēmorārī dē- de- morārī to delay (from mora delay)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman demorer, from Old French demorer (French demeurer), from Vulgar Latin demoro, Latin demorari (“to tarry”), from de- + morari (“to delay”).

    From Wiktionary