Demurrer
Demurrer De*mur"rer, n. 1. One who demurs. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A stop or pause by a party to an action, for the judgment of the court on the question, whether, assuming the truth of the matter alleged by the opposite party, it is sufficient in law to sustain the action or defense, and hence whether the party resting is bound to answer or proceed further. [1913 Webster]

{Demurrer to evidence}, an exception taken by a party to the evidence offered by the opposite party, and an objecting to proceed further, on the allegation that such evidence is not sufficient in law to maintain the issue, and a reference to the court to determine the point. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]


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  • demurrer — legal pleading, 1530s, from Anglo Fr. demurrer, O.Fr. demorer to delay, retard (see DEMUR (Cf. demur)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • demurrer — A method of raising an objection to the sufficiency in law of a pleading. 27 Am J2d Eq § 299; 41 Am J1st Pl § 204. While demurrers are abolished in many jurisdictions by statute, the abolition is superficial, being essentially one of terminology …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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