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[ri-mon-streyt] /rɪˈmɒn streɪt/
verb (used with object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
Obsolete. to show.
verb (used without object), remonstrated, remonstrating.
to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest.
Origin of remonstrate
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin remōnstrātus (past participle of remōnstrāre to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
remonstratingly, adverb
[ree-mon-strey-shuh n, rem-uh n-] /ˌri mɒnˈstreɪ ʃən, ˌrɛm ən-/ (Show IPA),
[ri-mon-struh-tiv] /rɪˈmɒn strə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
remonstratively, adverb
[ri-mon-strey-ter] /rɪˈmɒn streɪ tər/ (Show IPA),
unremonstrated, adjective
unremonstrating, adjective
unremonstrative, adjective
3. argue, object, expostulate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for remonstrate
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  • They will expostulate, they will remonstrate, but they will not go to war with their own Colonies.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Poor Jenkins watched her with despairing eyes, not venturing to remonstrate.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He gave him a magnificent Latin certificate, and enjoined silence on the abb de Frilair, who was venturing to remonstrate.

  • I could see what had happened—my family had sent him to reprove me and remonstrate with me.

  • Against this unprecedented breach of privilege parliament sent a deputation humbly to remonstrate; but all to no purpose.

  • A good Manxman wrote to remonstrate with me for calling the book a "romance."

  • And since then the majority of the people began to remonstrate against the imprisonment of the governor.

  • In vain did I remonstrate with him that already he had drunk overmuch.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • He is too great a favourite with my husband in other respects, for me to remonstrate with him in any other than this distant way.

British Dictionary definitions for remonstrate


verb (intransitive)
usually foll by with, against, etc. to argue in protest or objection: to remonstrate with the government
(archaic) to show or point out
Derived Forms
remonstration, noun
remonstrative (rɪˈmɒnstrətɪv) adjective
remonstrator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin remonstrāre to point out (errors), from Latin re- + monstrāre to show
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Word Origin and History for remonstrate

1590s, "make plain," back-formation from remonstration, or else from Medieval Latin remonstratus, past participle of remonstrare "to demonstrate" (see remonstrance). Meaning "to exhibit or present strong reasons against" is from 1690s. Related: Remonstrated; remonstrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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