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

  • transitive v. To say or plead in protest, objection, or reproof.
  • intransitive v. To reason or plead in protest; present an objection. See Synonyms at object.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To object; to express disapproval (with, against).
  • v. Specifically, to lodge an official objection (especially by means of a remonstrance) with a monarch or other ruling body.
  • v. To state or plead as an objection, formal protest, or expression of disapproval.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To point out; to show clearly; to make plain or manifest; hence, to prove; to demonstrate.
  • intransitive v. To present and urge reasons in opposition to an act, measure, or any course of proceedings; to expostulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To exhibit; demonstrate; prove.
  • To exhibit or present strong reasons against an act, measure, or any course of proceedings; expostulate: as, to remonstrate with a person on his conduct; conscience remonstrates against a profligate life.
  • Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, etc. (see censure), object, protest, reason, complain.
  • To show by a strong representation of reasons; set forth forcibly; show clearly.
  • To show or point out again.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. argue in protest or opposition
  • v. censure severely or angrily
  • v. present and urge reasons in opposition


Medieval Latin remōnstrāre, remōnstrāt-, to demonstrate : Latin re-, re- + Latin mōnstrāre, to show (from mōnstrum, portent; see monster).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From (the participle stem of) Late Latin remonstro, from Latin re- + monstro. (Wiktionary)



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