1. One who demurs.
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.
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.
n 1: (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings [syn: demur,
2: (law) any pleading that attacks the legal sufficiency of the
3: a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the
charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
[syn: defense, defence, denial] [ant: prosecution]