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In common law civil procedure, a demurrer is a pleading by the defendant that contests the legal sufficiency of the complaint.

In U.S federal court practice under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the demurrer has been replaced by the motion to dismiss. The same is also true in most U.S. state court systems. Demurrers are still used in California state court civil practice. The term preliminary objection is used for a similar procedural device in Pennsylvania state court.

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