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demur at (something)

To dispute or contest something. I'm sorry, but I demur at the suggestion that I'm not qualified for this job just because I made one mistake!
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without demur

Without objection or hesitation; at once. I knew he was broke, so I thought he'd accept my offer without demur. They'll never think of you as their peer if you agree to every order they give you without demur.
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demur at something

to dispute something; to challenge something. I fear I must demur at your suggestion that I am aloof and condescending. Alice demurred at the suggestion that she was late.
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without deˈmur

(formal) without objecting or hesitating: They accepted without demur.
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"I'm too uptight to go there," the 33-year-old filmmaker demurs when asked whether she herself got into the heroin experience.
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In a revision of his doctoral dissertation at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, Mill Valley, California, Chen (biblical studies, Union U., Jackson, Tennessee) demurs from the widespread view that the dwell ling and sanctuary in the celebration after the crossing the Red Sea refers to Solomon's temple on Mount Zion, or to the tabernacle or even the second temple.
"He gets to see three or four people he had relationships with," Page describes, "though, he doesn't get nearly as involved as I just made it sound!" The veteran also observes a younger version of himself, but Page demurs as to whether or not the man manages to find love after all these years.
Montenegro, on the other hand, is the pupil that gets demurs, caught smoking a cigarette in the schoolroom, constantly run from classes but is charming and despite the remarks, it gets a reward.
When they come to him for help in tracking a suspicious character named Vadim, he demurs.
So it is that issues of genetic medicine related to these diseases understandably involve broad social questions "about the meaning of race and ethnicity, about the promise of innovation, about the ability of diverse groups to shape healthy futures for themselves, and about who among us believes in the promise of the coming genetics revolution, who demurs, and who is best positioned to benefit from it," to quote the authors (professors of history at Rutgers U.) of this work of medical history.
A skylit reading room demurs serenely at centre, surrounded by stacks in the nineteenth-century manner.
"It's only when you get to that upper echelon of celebrity that people want to know what you do," he demurs.
Even the chambermaid demurs; she will no longer fly.
Asked if he's glamorized Chinatown's ghetto qualities, Jin demurs that he was simply providing exposure to a little-known ethnic enclave, claiming such critics are the same impossible crowd crying foul were nothing Asian stressed in his work.