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expostulatory

[ ik-spos-chuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ɪkˈspɒs tʃə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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adjective

expostulating; conveying expostulation.

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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.
Also ex·pos·tu·la·tive [ik-spos-chuh-ley-tiv]. /ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪ tɪv/.

Origin of expostulatory

First recorded in 1580–90; expostulate + -ory1
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