expostulation

[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuh n]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. exposition,
  2. expositor,
  3. expository,
  4. exposome,
  5. expostulate,
  6. expostulatory,
  7. exposure,
  8. exposure dose,
  9. exposure index,
  10. exposure keratitis

Origin of expostulation

1580–90; < Latin expostulātiōn- (stem of expostulātiō) complaint. See expostulate, -ion

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Word Origin and History for expostulation

expostulation

n.

1580s, from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of expostulare (see expostulate).

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