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demur (verb), demurs; demurred; demurring
To show reluctance; to disagree; to raise an objection: Gladys wanted to knit her niece a pullover for winter, but Linda demurred, saying that her family was moving to Southern California soon and so she didn’t need such a garment.
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While the other businessmen signed the contract, Charles demurred because he didn't think it was sufficient for the project that had been proposed.