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Friday, June 16, 2017

Definitions for expostulate

  1. 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.

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Citations for expostulate
From first to last, on this occasion, her aunt expostulated for about two hours. "But, my dear," she began, "it is Impossible! It is quite out of the question. You simply can't." H. G. Wells, Ann Veronica, 1909
... they expostulated with her, they told her now was the time to show she had a heart, and bless the young people. ... Mind your own business! said she. Charles Reade, Christie Johnstone, 1853
Origin of expostulate
1525-1535
Expostulate derives from Latin expostulātus meaning “demanded urgently, required,” (past participle of expostulāre). It entered English in 1500s.