- the act of expostulating; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest: In spite of my expostulations, he insisted on driving me home.
- an expostulatory remark or address.
Origin of expostulation
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Related Wordscriticism, complaint, demur, challenge, protest, protestation, remonstration, remonstrance, demurral, dissuasion
Examples from the Web for expostulation
Finding his struggles useless, he resorted to expostulation.Brave and Bold
I will hear no pleas, I will receive no letter, nor expostulation.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
There was no touch of expostulation in the voice with which she answered him.The Market-Place
For three days they besieged Ivan with expostulation, incredulity, persuasion.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
He wasted few words in inquiry, still fewer in expostulation.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
Word Origin and History for expostulation
1580s, from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expostulare (see expostulate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper