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demurrer (dēmur´ər),

n an admission of the facts charged by the opponent while maintaining that those facts are legally insufficient to establish liability.
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Top GOP state officeholders have demurred from challenging her in 2006.
I demurred and wrote my own, but I see in her book the same person I saw then: a gentle idealist toughened by Washington, making brutally rational decisions but determined to see the best in people.
When asked whether he thought the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban employment discrimination against gays and lesbians, Roberts demurred, saying, "Personally, I believe that everybody should be treated with dignity in this area, and respect.
Despite the duo's string of confirming reports in the 1980s, the scientific community demurred for a decade before adopting the notion that a pathogen could cause stomach ulcers.
It charges certain customers higher prices, which they willingly pay; and it discretely offers discounts to shoppers who demurred due to your "perfect price," which was too high.
At any rate, he demurred in a letter to the editor of the Globe (May 31), stating categorically that he had not met one person who could be described as "a single issue" candidate.
Interviewed by New York Times dance critic John Rockwell, Cunningham patiently answered questions about his work, but demurred when asked about the company's future.
When asked when an effective human feeder system might be expected, Takahashi demurred.
According to The Washington Post, several of the participants had asked Bush about the FMA, "but Bush demurred, explaining that the issue is a non-starter in Congress.
Daub demurred in calling Social Security reform the highest health care priority, however.
When pressed about spiritual and Christian themes that sometimes appear on his records he first admitted to having "a lot of preachers in the family" but then demurred, "With the God stuff I don't know.
Aitken demurred, saying that although he used to like such magazines, he was now trying to follow Christ's teachings.