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Definitions for demur
dɪˈmɜrde·mur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. demur, demurral, demurrerverb

    (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings

  2. demur, exceptverb

    take exception to

    "he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"

  3. demurverb

    enter a demurrer

Wiktionary

  1. demurnoun

    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

  2. demurverb

    To linger; to stay; to tarry

    "Yet durst not demur nor abide upon the camp. - Nicols?

  3. demurverb

    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.

    Upon this rub, the English embassadors thought fit to demur. - Hayward?

  4. demurverb

    To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk

  5. demurverb

    To interpose a demurrer.

  6. demurverb

    To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about

    The latter I demur, for in their looks Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears. - John Milton

  7. demurverb

    To cause delay to; to put off

    He demands a fee, And then demurs me with a vain delay. - Quarles?

  8. Etymology: From demorer, from demorer (French demeurer), from demoro,

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Demurnoun

    Doubt; hesitation; suspense of opinion.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    O progeny of heav’n, empyreal thrones!
    With reason hath deep silence and demur
    Seiz’d us, though undismay’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    Certainly the highest and dearest concerns of a temporal life are infinitely less valuable than those of an eternal; and consequently ought, without any demur at all, to be sacrificed to them, whensoever they come in competition with them. South.

    All my demurs but double his attacks;
    At last he whispers, Do, and we go snacks. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

  2. To Demurverb

    To doubt of.

    The latter I demur; for in their looks
    Much reason, and in their actions, oft appears. John Milton, P. L.

  3. To DEMURverb

    Etymology: demeurer, French; dimorare, Italian; demorari, Latin.

    To this plea the plaintiff demurred. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    Upon this rub the English ambassadours thought fit to demur, and so sent into England to receive directions from the lords of the council. John Hayward.

    Running into demands, they expect from us a sudden resolution in things, wherein the devil of Delphos would demur. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 3.

    He must be of a very sluggish or querulous humour, that shall demur upon setting out, or demand higher encouragements than the hope of heaven. Decay of Piety.

    News of my death from rumour he receiv’d,
    And what he wish’d, he easily believ’d;
    But long demurr’d, though from my hand he knew
    I liv’d, so loth he was to think it true. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.

    There is something in our composition, that thinks and apprehends, and reflects and deliberates, determines and doubts, consents and denies; that wills and demurs, and resolves and chuses, and rejects. Richard Bentley.

Wikipedia

  1. demur

    A demurrer is a pleading in a lawsuit that objects to or challenges a pleading filed by an opposing party. The word demur means "to object"; a demurrer is the document that makes the objection. Lawyers informally define a demurrer as a defendant saying "So what?" to the pleading.Typically, the defendant in a case will demur to the complaint, but it is also possible for the plaintiff to demur to an answer. The demurrer challenges the legal sufficiency of a cause of action in a complaint or of an affirmative defense in an answer. If a cause of action in a complaint does not state a cognizable claim or if it does not state all the required elements, then the challenged cause of action or possibly the entire complaint can be thrown out (informally speaking) at the demurrer stage as not legally sufficient. A demurrer is typically filed near the beginning of a case in response to the plaintiff filing a complaint or the defendant answering the complaint. In common law, a demurrer was the pleading through which a defendant challenged the legal sufficiency of a complaint in criminal or civil cases. Today, however, the pleading has been discontinued in many jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, the U.S. federal court system, and most U.S. states (though some states, including California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, retain it). In criminal cases, a demurrer was considered a common law due process right, to be heard and decided before the defendant was required to plead "not guilty," or make any other pleading in response, without having to admit or deny any of the facts alleged. A demurrer generally assumes the truth of all material facts alleged in the complaint, and the defendant cannot present evidence to the contrary, even if those facts appear to be obvious fabrications by the plaintiff or are likely to be easily disproved during litigation. That is, the point of the demurrer is to test whether a cause of action or affirmative defense as pleaded is legally insufficient, even if all facts pleaded are assumed to be true. The sole exception to the no-evidence rule is that a court may take judicial notice of certain things. For example, the court can take judicial notice of commonly known facts not reasonably subject to challenge, such as the Gregorian calendar, or of public records, such as a published legislative report showing the intent of the legislature in enacting a particular statute.

ChatGPT

  1. demur

    Demur refers to the act of expressing hesitation, doubts, or disagreement, often politely, against something or to object. It can also refer to the act of delaying or deferring because of these doubts or objections. It's often used in legal contexts to refer to an objection that a party raises against a legal proceeding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demurverb

    to linger; to stay; to tarry

  2. Demurverb

    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

  3. Demurverb

    to scruple or object; to take exception; as, I demur to that statement

  4. Demurverb

    to interpose a demurrer. See Demurrer, 2

  5. Demurverb

    to suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about

  6. Demurverb

    to cause delay to; to put off

  7. Demurverb

    stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple

  8. Etymology: [OF. demurer, demorer, demourer, to linger, stay, F. demeurer, fr. L. demorari; de- + morari to delay, tarry, stay, mora delay; prob. originally, time for thinking, reflection, and akin to memor mindful. See Memory.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Demur

    de-mur′, v.i. to hesitate from uncertainty or before difficulty: to object:—pr.p. demur′ring; pa.p. demurred′.—n. a stop: pause, hesitation.—adj. Demur′rable.—ns. Demur′rage, an allowance made for undue delay or detention of a vessel in port: compensation paid by the freighter to the owner of the same: allowance for undue detention of railway-wagons, &c.; Demur′rer, one who demurs: (law) a plea in law that, even if the opponent's facts are as he says, they yet do not support his case. [Fr. demeurer—L. demorāri, to loiter, linger—de, inten., and morāri, to delay—mora, delay.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of demur in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of demur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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