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 (dĭ-mûr′əl, -mŭr′-)
The act of demurring, especially a mild, polite, or considered expression of opposition.


(dɪˈmɜr əl)

an act or instance of demurring.
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Noun1.demurral - (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings
objection - the speech act of objecting
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The national elections are just 10 months away-and, despite their unconvincing demurrals, some show biz stars are getting ready to step up to the political plate, ready to charm their way into public office.
Most CIA officers were gentleman spies who would echo the demurrals of John Limond Hart when asked in 1978 about the harsh interrogation of KGB defector Yuri Nosenko: "It has never fallen to my lot to be involved with any experience as unpleasant .
Despite his demurrals, I could tell Henry was thrilled
The spokesman for what appears to be a radical gay group, Carl, challenges the audience to talk about what Clive was like in bed, and insists categorically that Clive was gay, which is met with loud demurrals by several women in the congregation, and shock when he announces that Clive died of AIDS.
There are a number of sections that conclude with distracting demurrals about just-stated issues being not central or of small concern (pp.
Nonetheless, these explicit demurrals on the part of Tolkien have not kept commentators from seeing a linkage.
Many writers' demurrals to the contrary, I do not consider the phenomenon unrelated to the ubiquity of television and electronic "communication" devices, which have indisputably contributed to shortened attention spans.
A classic example is provided by an eminent scholar of a previous generation, Allardyce Nicoll, whose interpretation of the stage direction pass over the stage--to denote "a movement from yard to platform to yard again"--had, despite a few significant demurrals, gained general acceptance and can be found in the glosses of many scholarly editions.
And, of course, there have been demurrals and criticisms.
Once again, though, observing the horrendous sexual warfare and coarsening of womanhood that arises from making men and women equal and the same with regard to sex, the moderates will hasten to register their objections, demurrals, and qualifications, but their efforts to define the differences in women's sexuality are too minimal and come too late to halt the ongoing animosity and vulgarity that characterizes much sexual interaction today, or to forestall the PC sexual tyranny.
Winston Churchill, the First Lord, rejected Jellicoe's demurrals, however, and Jellicoe reluctantly accepted the appointment, which became effective on 4 August, the day war was declared.
But she cannot close herself off from the world and the people she loves, or from the work they create, which is why she will follow each of her demurrals by showing us another combination of artistic ambition, sexual desire, and political repression.