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ex·pos·tu·late

 (ĭk-spŏs′chə-lāt′)
v. ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, ex·pos·tu·lates
v.intr.
To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate. See Synonyms at object.
v.tr.
To say in protest; object: "[He] expostulated that they had every right to hold a street meeting" (Pierre Berton).

[Latin expostulāre, expostulāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + postulāre, to demand; see prek- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·pos′tu·la′tion n.
ex·pos′tu·la′tor n.
ex·pos′tu·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē), ex·pos′tu·la′tive adj.

expostulate

(ɪkˈspɒstjʊˌleɪt)
vb
(usually foll by: with) to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention
[C16: from Latin expostulāre to require, from postulāre to demand; see postulate]
exˌpostuˈlation n
exˈpostuˌlator n
exˈpostulatory, exˈpostulative adj

ex•pos•tu•late

(ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪt)

v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to reason earnestly with someone by way of warning or rebuke.
[1525–35; < Latin expostulātus, past participle of expostulāre. See ex-1, postulate]
ex•pos′tu•lat`ing•ly, adv.
ex•pos′tu•la`tor, n.

expostulate


Past participle: expostulated
Gerund: expostulating

Imperative
expostulate
expostulate
Present
I expostulate
you expostulate
he/she/it expostulates
we expostulate
you expostulate
they expostulate
Preterite
I expostulated
you expostulated
he/she/it expostulated
we expostulated
you expostulated
they expostulated
Present Continuous
I am expostulating
you are expostulating
he/she/it is expostulating
we are expostulating
you are expostulating
they are expostulating
Present Perfect
I have expostulated
you have expostulated
he/she/it has expostulated
we have expostulated
you have expostulated
they have expostulated
Past Continuous
I was expostulating
you were expostulating
he/she/it was expostulating
we were expostulating
you were expostulating
they were expostulating
Past Perfect
I had expostulated
you had expostulated
he/she/it had expostulated
we had expostulated
you had expostulated
they had expostulated
Future
I will expostulate
you will expostulate
he/she/it will expostulate
we will expostulate
you will expostulate
they will expostulate
Future Perfect
I will have expostulated
you will have expostulated
he/she/it will have expostulated
we will have expostulated
you will have expostulated
they will have expostulated
Future Continuous
I will be expostulating
you will be expostulating
he/she/it will be expostulating
we will be expostulating
you will be expostulating
they will be expostulating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been expostulating
you have been expostulating
he/she/it has been expostulating
we have been expostulating
you have been expostulating
they have been expostulating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been expostulating
you will have been expostulating
he/she/it will have been expostulating
we will have been expostulating
you will have been expostulating
they will have been expostulating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been expostulating
you had been expostulating
he/she/it had been expostulating
we had been expostulating
you had been expostulating
they had been expostulating
Conditional
I would expostulate
you would expostulate
he/she/it would expostulate
we would expostulate
you would expostulate
they would expostulate
Past Conditional
I would have expostulated
you would have expostulated
he/she/it would have expostulated
we would have expostulated
you would have expostulated
they would have expostulated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expostulate - reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
argue, reason - present reasons and arguments

expostulate

verb protest, reason (with), argue (with), dissuade, remonstrate (with) `Have some sense!' he expostulated.

expostulate

verb
To express opposition, often by argument:
Informal: kick, squawk.
Idioms: set up a squawk, take exception.
Translations

expostulate

[ɪksˈpɒstjʊleɪt]
A. VIprotestar, reconvenir
to expostulate with sb about sthdiscutir con algn por algo
B. VTprotestar

expostulate

viprotestieren; to expostulate with somebodymit jdm disputieren

expostulate

[ɪksˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt] vi (frm) to expostulate with sb about sthfare le proprie rimostranze a qn per qc
References in classic literature ?
I see you can say nothing in the first place, you are faint still, and have enough to do to draw your breath; in the second place, you cannot yet accustom yourself to accuse and revile me, and besides, the flood-gates of tears are opened, and they would rush out if you spoke much; and you have no desire to expostulate, to upbraid, to make a scene: you are thinking how TO ACT--TALKING you consider is of no use.
Murdstone came up to where she was, and seemed to expostulate with her for being so moved.
During the course of these troubles, the emperors of Blefusca did frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing us of making a schism in religion, by offending against a fundamental doctrine of our great prophet Lustrog, in the fifty-fourth chapter of the Blundecral (which is their Alcoran).
The patriarch sent me to expostulate the matter with the King, which I did in very warm terms, telling him that we were assured by the Emperor of a reception in this country far different from what we met with, which assurances he had confirmed by his promise and the civilities we were entertained with at our first arrival; but that instead of friends who would compassionate our miseries, and supply our necessities, we found ourselves in the midst of mortal enemies that wanted to destroy us.
He has at present such a quantity that I have had myself to expostulate.
Almost frantic with rage and pain, I yelled like a bedlamite; while Toby, throwing himself into all the attitudes of a posture-master, vainly endeavoured to expostulate with the natives by signs and gestures.
His disposition, you know, is warm, and he came to expostulate with me; his compassion all alive for this ill-used girl, this heroine in distress
I always do sit with my hands in my pockets except when I am in the company of my sisters, my cousins, or my aunts; and they kick up such a shindy--I should say expostulate so eloquently upon the subject--that I have to give in and take them out--my hands I mean.
The great broad chin, with creases in it large enough to hide a finger in; the astonished eyes, that seemed to expostulate with themselves for sinking deeper and deeper into the yielding fat of the soft face; the nose afflicted with that disordered action of its functions which is generally termed The Snuffles; the short thick throat and labouring chest, with other beauties of the like description; though calculated to impress the memory, Trotty could at first allot to nobody he had ever known: and yet he had some recollection of them too.
The generous nature of Safie was outraged by this command; she attempted to expostulate with her father, but he left her angrily, reiterating his tyrannical mandate.
As soon as the ambassadors are gone, Polonius, saying he will not expostulate on the obvious, expostulates.
So given the fact that I won't be sent a union soapbox upon which to expostulate, I'll do so here and now.