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demurrer

A form of pleading in civil cases in which, for the purpose of argument, the defendant admits to factual allegations and asks the court to rule that the facts do not give rise to a violation of the plaintiff's legal rights. Many important new principles of law have been ruled upon through demurrers.
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Definition reprinted with permission from Committee on Psychiatry and Law, of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry: Mental Health Professional and the Legal System