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[ik-spos-chuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈspɒs tʃə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
expostulating; conveying expostulation.
Also, expostulative
[ik-spos-chuh-ley-tiv] /ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA)
Origin of expostulatory
First recorded in 1580-90; expostulate + -ory1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • De Launay, if you love me, do not look at me with so expostulatory an air!

    Temporal Power Marie Corelli
  • The comments of the press began to assume an expostulatory tone.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • But Bill knew Barber Sam and he had presence of mind enough to couch his expostulatory reply in the most obsequious terms.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • There I wrote to Wagner an expostulatory letter, alluding to a couple of plays with which we were both familiar, viz.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
  • It was long, and all expostulatory why she pronounced her to be damned; and said many odd things.

  • With expostulatory shakes of the head and indignant glances I called his attention to the fact that I was not alone.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Eve made a deprecating and expostulatory noise with her tongue against her upper teeth.

    Mr. Prohack

    E. Arnold Bennett
  • Her letters were exposed, her expostulatory verses read at clubs and taverns, and the unhappy Sappho toasted in derision.

  • “Richard drills six hours a day, rain or shine,” she said, with an expostulatory accent on the numeral.

    Joscelyn Cheshire Sara Beaumont Kennedy
  • In all the years of their acquaintance he had never known the Commandant in an expostulatory vein.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford

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