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expostulate

[ ik-spos-chuh-leyt ]
/ 瑟k藞sp蓲s t蕛蓹藢le瑟t /
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verb (used without object), ex路pos路tu路lat路ed, ex路pos路tu路lat路ing.
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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Origin of expostulate

First recorded in 1525鈥35; from Latin expostul膩tus 鈥渦rgently demanded, required鈥 (past participle of expostul膩re ); see ex-1, postulate

OTHER WORDS FROM expostulate

ex路pos路tu路lat路ing路ly, adverbex路pos路tu路la路tor, nounun路ex路pos路tu路lat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for expostulate

expostulate
/ (瑟k藞sp蓲stj蕣藢le瑟t) /

verb
(intr usually foll by with) to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention

Derived forms of expostulate

expostulatingly, adverbexpostulation, nounexpostulator, nounexpostulatory or expostulative, adjective

Word Origin for expostulate

C16: from Latin expostul膩re to require, from postul膩re to demand; see postulate
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