[ ik-spos-chuh-leyt ]
/ ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪt /
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verb (used without object), ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·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 1525–35; from Latin expostulātus “urgently demanded, required” (past participle of expostulāre ); see ex-1, postulate

OTHER WORDS FROM expostulate

ex·pos·tu·lat·ing·ly, adverbex·pos·tu·la·tor, nounun·ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, adjective
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How to use expostulate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for expostulate

/ (ɪkˈspɒstjʊˌleɪt) /


(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 expostulāre to require, from postulāre to demand; see postulate
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