Remonstrate meaning

rĭ-mŏnstrāt, rĕmŏn-
(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.
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To point out; to show clearly; to make plain or manifest; hence, to prove; to demonstrate.

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To say or plead in protest, objection, complaint, etc.
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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.

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To present and urge reasons in opposition or complaint; protest; object; expostulate.
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(intransitive) To object; to express disapproval (with, against).
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(intransitive, chiefly historical) Specifically, to lodge an official objection (especially by means of a remonstrance) with a monarch or other ruling body.
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To say or plead in protest, objection, or reproof.
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To reason or plead in protest; present an objection.
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To point out; show; demonstrate.
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Origin of remonstrate

  • Medieval Latin remōnstrāre remōnstrāt- to demonstrate Latin re- re- Latin mōnstrāre to show (from mōnstrum portent monster)

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

  • From (the participle stem of) Late Latin remōnstrō, from Latin re- + mōnstrō.

    From Wiktionary