Share this entry

demurrer Syllabification: de·mur·rer
Pronunciation: /dəˈmərər/

Definition of demurrer in English:


1An objection.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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  • Grant leave to the defendant to withdraw its demurrer filed 23 June 2004, and the same is now withdrawn;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).

Words that rhyme with demurrer

borough, burgh, Burra, curragh, thorough • deferrer, referrer, stirrer, transferor, transferrer

Definition of demurrer in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈdo͞ofəs
a stupid person