Legal Definition and Related Resources of Protest

Meaning of Protest

A solemn declaration of dissent . An express declaration by a person doing an act that the act is not to give rise to an implication which it might otherwise cause . In relation to bills of exchange , negotiable instruments, promissory notes and other commercial paper , the term means the formal declaration drawn up and signed by a notary that he presented the bill for acceptance or for payment and that same was refused. §3-509 of the U.C.C. defines the term as a certificate of dishonor made under the hand and seal of a United States consul or Vice-Consul or a Notary public or other person authorized to certify dishonor by the law of the place where dishonor occurs. It must identify the instrument and certify either that due presentment has been made or the reason why it is excused and that the instrument has been dishonored by non- acceptance or non-payment.

Protest Alternative Definition

In Mercantile Law. A notarial act, made for want of payment of a promissory note, or for want of acceptance or payment of a bill of exchange by a notary public, in which it is declared that all parties to such instruments will be held responsible to the holder for all damages, exchanges, re-exchange, etc. In Legislation. A declaration made by one or more members of a legislative body that they do not agree with some act or resolution of the body. It is usual to add the reasons which the protestants have for such a dissent. In Maritime Law. A writing, attested by a justice of the peace, a notary public, or a consul, made and verified by the master of a vessel, stating the severity of a voyage by which a ship has suffered, and showing that it was not owing to the neglect or misconduct of the master. See Marsh. Ins. 715, 716; 1 Wash. C. C. (U. S.) 145, 238, 408, note; 1 Pet. C. C. (U. S.) 119; 1 Dall. (Pa.) 6, 10, 317; 2 DalL (Pa.) 195; 3 Watts & S. (Pa.) 144.

Synonyms of Protest


  • announce
  • attack
  • challenge
  • complain
  • contradict
  • contravene
  • cry out against
  • dehort
  • demur
  • denounce
  • deny
  • disaffirm
  • disagree
  • disapprove
  • disclaim
  • discountenance
  • dispute
  • dissent
  • exclaim against
  • exhort against
  • express opposition
  • go contrary to
  • impugn
  • intercedere
  • inveigh
  • negate
  • oppose
  • raise objections
  • recwsare
  • refuse
  • remonstrate
  • reprehend
  • repudiate
  • revolt
  • speak against
  • take exception
  • traverse
  • veto
  • vote against
  • Associated Concepts: payment under protest
  • protest a will
  • protest an election
  • written notice of protest


  • challenge
  • clamor
  • complaint
  • counteraction
  • criticism
  • declaration of disapproval
  • declaration of dissent
  • declaration of opposition
  • defiance
  • demonstration
  • disapproval
  • dissent
  • dissidence
  • formal criticism
  • formal declaration
  • formal declaration of dissent
  • hostile demonstration
  • opposition
  • outcry
  • recusatio
  • remonstrance
  • remonstration
  • repudiation
  • resistance
  • Associated Concepts: file a protest

Definition of Protest in the Free Online Notary Dictionary

A Formal Declaration Made By A Notary Declaring A Default In Payment On A Promissory Note.

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See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Activism; Anticolonial Movements; Authority; Civil Disobedience; Civil Rights Movement, U.S.; Jim Crow; Mau Mau; Participation, Political; Passive Resistance; Resistance; Social Movements; Vietnam War; Violence
  • Further Reading

    Burstein, Paul, and William Freudenberg. 1978. Changing Public Policy: The Impact of Public Opinion, Anti-War Demonstrations, and War Costs on Senate Voting on Vietnam War Motions. American Journal of Sociology 84: 99-122.

    Button, James. 1989. Blacks and Social Change: Impact of the Civil Rights Movement in Southern Communities. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Davenport, Christian. 2005. Introduction: Repression and Mobilization. In Repression and Mobilization, ed. Christian Davenport, Hank Johnston, and Carol Mueller, vii-xii. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    Goldstone, Jack A., and Charles Tilly. 2001. Threat (and Opportunity). In Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics, ed. Ronald Aminzade, Jack Goldstone, Doug McAdam, et al., 179-194. New York: Cambridge University Press.

    Jenkins, J. Craig. 1985. The Politics of Insurgency: The Farm Worker Movement of the 1960s. New York: Columbia University Press.

    McAdam, Doug. 1999. Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    McAdam, Doug, and Yang Su. 2002. The War at Home: Antiwar Protests and Congressional Voting, 1965 to 1973. American Sociological Review 67: 696-721.

    Meyer, David, and Sidney Tarrow, eds. 1998. The Social Movement Society: Contentious Politics for a New Century. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

    Morris, Aldon. 1984. The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change. New York: Free Press.

    More Further Reading

    Orum, Anthony. 1972. Black Students in Protest: A Study of the Origins of the Black Student Movement. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

    Osa, Maryjane. 2003. Solidarity and Contention: Networks of Polish Opposition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

    Piven, Frances, and Richard Cloward. 1977. Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail. New York: Pantheon.

    Rochon, Thomas R. 1998. Culture Moves: Ideas, Activism, and Changing Values. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Scott, James. 1985. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

    Sharp, Gene. 1973. The Politics of Nonviolent Action. Boston: Sargent.

    Snow, David E., and Robert Benford. 1988. Ideology, Frame Resonance, and Participant Mobilization. In International Social Movement Research, ed. Bert Klandermans, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Sidney Tarrow, 197-217. Greenwich, CT: JAI.

    Tarrow, Sidney. 1998. Power in Movement: Social Movements and Contentious Politics. 2nd ed. Cambridge, U.K., and New York: Cambridge University Press.

    White, Robert W. 1993. Provisional Irish Republicans: An Oral and Interpretive History. Westport, CT: Greenwood.

    J. Craig Jenkins





    See Also

    • Social Integration
    • Social Exclusion
    • Community integration
    • Social integration
    • Racial integration
    • Social Engagement
    • Public Participation
    • Social participation


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