/di merr"euhr/, n.a person who demurs; objector.[DEMUR + -ER1]demurrer2/di merr"euhr/, n.1. Law. a pleading in effect that even if the facts are as alleged by the opposite party, they do not sustain the contention based on them.2. an objection raised; demur.[1525-35; < AF demur(r)er. See DEMUR, -ER3]Syn. 2. dissent, challenge, protest, qualm, misgiving.
* * *In law, a plea in response to an allegation that admits its truth but also asserts that it is not sufficient as a cause of action.In the U.S., demurrers are no longer used in federal procedure (having been replaced by motions to dismiss or motions for more definite statement) but are still used in some states. A general demurrer challenges the sufficiency of the substance of an allegation, whereas a special demurrer challenges the structure or form of an allegation.
* * *▪ lawin law, a process whereby a party hypothetically admits as true certain facts alleged by the opposition but asserts that they are not sufficient grounds for relief, or redress. A ruling on a demurrer can result in the quick disposition of a case resting on the point of law challenged in the demurrer.In criminal law a demurrer is usually based upon some defect in an indictment or the claim that the facts presented do not constitute a felony (felony and misdemeanour) or other serious crime. In civil cases demurrers also are based often upon some error or omission. A general demurrer attacks the general substance of an indictment or plea; a special demurrer attacks its structure or form or one specific part of it.
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