from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by remonstrance; expostulatory.
  • n. One that remonstrates.
  • n. One of the Dutch Arminians who, in 1610, formally stated the grounds of their dissent from strict Calvinism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who remonstrates or issues remonstrances; One who formally protests, or issues such (usually written) protestations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined or tending to remonstrate; expostulatory; urging reasons in opposition to something.
  • n. One who remonstrates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Expostulatory; urging strong reasons against an act; inclined or tending to remonstrate.
  • Belonging or pertaining to the Arminian party called Remonstrants.
  • n. One who remonstrates.
  • n. Specifically One of the Arminians, who formulated their creed (a. d. 1610) in five articles entitled the Remonstrance.


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