verb (used without object), ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing.
Origin of expostulate
Examples from the Web for expostulate
He tried to expostulate in a dazed way, realizing that for once the department was working with a vengeful promptness.The Voice on the Wire|Eustace Hale Ball
Alonzo looked anxious, but there was no time to expostulate.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus|Horatio Alger Jr.
He has at present such a quantity that I have had myself to expostulate.Dracula|Bram Stoker
The King himself repeatedly condescended to expostulate and implore.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Therefore I thought it most prudent not to expostulate; but my penance was this time a brief one.
British Dictionary definitions for expostulate
Word Origin for expostulate
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.