- 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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The man continued to address, to expostulate, to pray, to soothe.Night and Morning, Complete
Babalatchi was angry and tried to expostulate, but he gave him a good shaking.An Outcast of the Islands
The priest tries to expostulate with the half-drunken fellow.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
So the lady chose to think it her duty to expostulate with Hugh on the subject.David Elginbrod
Alonzo looked anxious, but there was no time to expostulate.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
- (intr usually foll by with) to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention