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REMONSTRANCE. A petition to a court, or deliberative or legislative body, in which those who have signed it request that something which it is in contemplation to perform shall not be done.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Why have we become King Lear's 'men of stones', when our remonstrances are that 'heaven's vaults should crack'?
Children, unable to remain quiet for more than a few minutes, chased noisily round the bandstand, heedless of harassed parents' warnings and remonstrances.
Perhaps more damagingly, while ignoring remonstrances from Brussels, the AKP government also assures its supporters at home that it sees the EU as a "divisive" force, even one that "supports terror"; it tells its bedrock that this is part of what it is fighting against.
1564), response of the royal council to remonstrances from the Catholics of Provence.
Some of their voices have been loud even against sending remonstrances to rulers.
A few supporting characters complete this colorful bunch: Gabriel (Jeremie Elkaim) whose eloquence and sophistication cause him to be the butt of his teammates' jokes; Mathieu (Nicolas Devauchelle) the hopeless romantic in search for the love of his life; his team partner Chrys (Karole Rocher) who shares a questionably platonic relationship with Mathieu; Sue Ellen (Emmanuelle Bercot) the sensuous good-natured lesbian; and finally, Nora (Naidra Ayadi) the go-to for any Arab-related incidents who will snap out in fiery Franco-Arabic remonstrances faster than you can take cover.
Most of the time these notes and ideas are interesting, convincing and helpful, but in a few instances they seem too pat or patronizing, as when they explain characters' motives when these seem ambiguous, or when they define words they think will cause trouble for the average undergraduate, for example, 'remonstrances' (93), 'effulgence' (129), 'credulent' (264).
The minister said that he was not satisfied with Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Bux Ali Pitafis work and that he had strictly directed him to redress such remonstrances. He said, any doctor implicated in providing expiry medicines to the patients will face action beyond mere suspension from service.
Included within its covers are some of his constitutional briefs and oral arguments, his opinions as a federal appellate judge, his articles and essays on everything from antitrust law to natural law, and a few memorials and witty remonstrances.
Remonstrances, whose numbers soar after the Grand Remonstrance of the House of Commons to the Crown of 1641 (another indication of the period's awareness of generic fashions), take a grave and restrained tone, are short and factual, speak specifically to a person or group with influence, and assume their good will and reasonableness in learning of an abuse or problem that they were not fully aware of before.
"The table was loaded with petitions and remonstrances from all parts against the interposition of the Legislature in matters of Religion."
"One of the sacred laws," Maistre states in his Study on Sovereignty, "is the right of subjects by the means of certain bodies, councils, or assemblies differently composed, to instruct the king of their needs, to denounce abuses, and legally to pass their grievances and their very humble remonstrances to him." Pranchere ignored that in Maistre's political system, unlike the one of Bonald or the physiocrats, authority is never completely concentrated in the person of the king.