verb (used without object), ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing.
Origin of expostulate
Related formsex·pos·tu·lat·ing·ly, adverbex·pos·tu·la·tor, nounun·ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, adjective
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.