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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 remonstrative
Historical Examples
  • The remonstrative shouts of his friends, however, induced him to desist, and he sat down to work in a less perilous position.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • “Another stop for a chimbley,” he muttered, with a remonstrative growl.

    Life in the Red Brigade R.M. Ballantyne
  • A sudden smile from among the clouds lit up Shaw's ruddy, remonstrative countenance, as he put this question, and Oona smiled too.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 2(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • “There, I told you how it would be,” said Sam in an ill-used, remonstrative tone.

    The Vast Abyss George Manville Fenn
  • But Spinkie did not seem to perceive the necessity, for he clung closer to his master with a remonstrative croak.

    Blown to Bits Robert Michael Ballantyne
  • He turned back with a sort of remonstrative growl, and re-entered the back lane, but Signor Twittorini was gone.

  • In a few minutes the two hen-coops were placed face to face and lashed firmly together, despite the remonstrative poultry.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
  • “A pretty boast for a man in present safety,” remarked the Hebrew, with a remonstrative shake of the head.

    The Hot Swamp R.M. Ballantyne
  • He met her outburst with a remonstrative gesture, but there was a mellow light in his eyes and his face had softened.

  • But Spinkie did not seem to perceive the necessity, for he clung closer to his master with a remonstrative, croak.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for remonstrative


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 remonstrative



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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