Demur Definition

dĭ-mûr
demurred, demurring, demurs
verb
demurred, demurring, demurs
To voice opposition; object.
Demurred at the suggestion.
American Heritage
To hesitate because of one's doubts or objections; have scruples; object.
Webster's New World
To enter a demurrer.
Webster's New World
To delay.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World Law
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noun
An act or instance of demurring.
Webster's New World
An objection raised or exception taken.
Webster's New World

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.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Demur

Noun

Singular:
demur
Plural:
demurs

Origin of Demur

  • 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

  • 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

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