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[ik-spos-chuh-leyt] /ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪt/
verb (used without object), expostulated, expostulating.
to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate:
His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.
Origin of expostulate
1525-35; < Latin expostulātus demanded urgently, required (past participle of expostulāre). See ex-1, postulate
Related forms
expostulatingly, adverb
expostulator, noun
unexpostulating, adjective
dispute, argue, protest; exhort, counsel. Unabridged
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(intransitive) usually foll by with. to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention
Derived Forms
expostulatingly, adverb
expostulation, noun
expostulator, noun
expostulatory, expostulative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin expostulāre to require, from postulāre to demand; see postulate
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Word Origin and History for expostulate

1530s, "to demand, to claim," from Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulare "to demand urgently, remonstrate," from ex- "from" (see ex-) + postulare "to demand" (see postulate). Friendlier sense is first recorded in English 1570s. Related: Expostulated; expostulating.

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