Definition of demurrer in English:


Syllabification: de·mur·rer
Pronunciation: /diˈmərər, -ˈmə-rər


  • 1An objection.
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    • Nevertheless, after all qualifications or demurrers have been entered, Hobsbawm's elegy to the political tradition to which he dedicated his life has a dignity and passion that must command anyone's respect.
  • 1.1 Law , • dated An objection that an opponent’s point is irrelevant or invalid, while granting the factual basis of the point: on demurrer it was held that the plaintiff’s claim succeeded
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    • I do not know whether this is connected but I gave an opinion on a matter, I think, that went on demurrer to the Court…
    • It would not be an order that would be made as on demurrer, but would be to stay.
    • Grant leave to the defendant to withdraw its demurrer filed 23 June 2004, and the same is now withdrawn;


early 16th century: from Anglo-Norman French (infinitive used as a noun), from Old French demourer 'remain, stay' (see demur).

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