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From Middle French remonstrance (French remontrance).


remonstrance (countable and uncountable, plural remonstrances)

  1. A remonstration; disapproval; a formal, usually written, protest or objection.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 52
      Fred's voice had taken a tone of grumbling remonstrance.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 6, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.
    • 2004, Perry Link, "China: A new postmortem on Tiananmen," Time, 15 March:
      In the past, emperors based their right to rule mostly on heredity and so could listen to remonstrance from below without necessarily feeling that legitimacy was at stake.

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remonstrance f (plural remonstrances)

  1. remonstration; remonstrance