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
The army, reluctant to be deployed in yet another internal political conflict,
  has demurred.
But the army demurred, refusing to engage the protesters.
But the department store, with new owners and mounting debt, demurred.
Only one lifeguard demurred, though she was repeatedly invited.
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