demur

[dih-mur]
verb (used without object), demurred, demurring.
1.
to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object: They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
2.
Law. to interpose a demurrer.
3.
Archaic. to linger; hesitate.
noun
4.
the act of making objection.
5.
an objection raised.
7.
Law. Obsolete. a demurrer.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English demuren < Anglo-French demurer, Old French demorer < Latin dēmorārī to linger, equivalent to dē- de- + morārī to delay, derivative of mora delay

demurrable, adjective
undemurring, adjective

demur, demure.


5. scruple, qualm, misgiving.


1. agree, accede.
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demur (dɪˈmɜː)
 
vb , -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
 
n
4.  the act of demurring
5.  an objection raised
6.  archaic hesitation
 
[C13: from Old French demorer, from Latin dēmorārī to loiter, linger, from morārī to delay, from mora a delay]
 
de'murrable
 
adj

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demur
early 13c., "to linger, tarry," from O.Fr. demorer "delay, retard," from L. demorari, from de- + morari "to delay," from mora "a pause, delay." Main modern sense of "raise objections" is first attested 1630s.
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Example sentences
There was no reason for demur; there was no law against it.
Others may wish to demur.
Told that most readers would demur, she smiles.
Her mother and father had consented without demur, and were happy in her
  happiness.
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