demurral

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Etymology[edit]

demur +‎ -al

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Noun[edit]

demurral (plural demurrals)

  1. The act of demurring.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 17 (i),
      Her steady tone, her emphasizing twitches, were new to Nick; they seemed to signal a change in their relations that wouldn't easily be reversed. He was used to her easy assents, her oddly contented demurrals . . .
  2. (law) A formal objection.