demurring

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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