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 (dĭ-mûr′əl, -mŭr′-)
The act of demurring, especially a mild, polite, or considered expression of opposition.
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(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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Yet the savvy woman who masked her power with demurrals was also prone to severe moral lapses.
In the Postscript, the reader is shown the more that exists, and (Byatt's demurrals of deity notwithstanding) by a narrator who sees the birds and flowers on the hillside as clearly as it observes the man and girl who meet there.
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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.
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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.