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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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He demurs when asked about his desire to walk down the aisle, saying his personal life does not drive his commitment to equal rights.
Cheney demurs, noting that one of the vets featured in the Buchenwald scene pointed out, "We had been stripped of our history in our slavery, and I didn't want to come up with anything that could tarnish our record.
With all the tributes, she still demurs, ``I don't want to be a pest.
Homem, who generally remembers details better than Ileana herself, steps in politely and demurs.
Asked whether the idea of women so often being manhandled or victimized in his ballets bothers her, as in Mayerling and The Judas Tree, she demurs.
Asked to comment, Vischer demurs, quickly shifting to say "what an exciting time this is for the museum.
I'm too uptight to go there," the 33-year-old filmmaker demurs when asked whether she herself got into the heroin experience.
As he demurs from battle, he utters the eternal advice to all self-serving hypocrites, ``The better part of valor is discretion.