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demurral

[dih-mur-uh l] /dɪˈmɜr əl/
noun
1.
an act or instance of demurring; demur.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; demur + -al2
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Examples for demurral
  • Suddenly there was an awkward shifting of chairs and a demurral from his faculty colleague.
British Dictionary definitions for demurral

demur

/dɪˈmɜː/
verb (intransitive) -murs, -murring, -murred
1.
to raise objections or show reluctance; object
2.
(law) to raise an objection by entering a demurrer
3.
(archaic) to hesitate; delay
noun
4.
the act of demurring
5.
an objection raised
6.
(archaic) hesitation
Derived Forms
demurrable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French demorer, from Latin dēmorārī to loiter, linger, from morārī to delay, from mora a delay
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