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v. ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, ex·pos·tu·lates
To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate. See Synonyms at object.
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.


(ɪkˌspɒs tʃəˈleɪ ʃən)

an act or instance of expostulating.
[1580–90; < Latin]
ex•pos′tu•la•to`ry (-ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) ex•pos′tu•la`tive (-ˌleɪ tɪv) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expostulation - the act of expressing earnest opposition or protestexpostulation - the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
2.expostulation - an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
exclaiming, exclamation - an abrupt excited utterance; "she gave an exclamation of delight"; "there was much exclaiming over it"


The act of expressing strong or reasoned opposition:
Slang: kick.


[ɪksˌpɒstjʊˈleɪʃən] Nprotesta f


nProtest m


[ɪksˌpɒstjʊˈleɪʃn] n (frm) → rimostranza
References in classic literature ?
Without further expostulation or delay, Hester Prynne drained the cup, and, at the motion of the man of skill, seated herself on the bed, where the child was sleeping; while he drew the only chair which the room afforded, and took his own seat beside her.
Compressed into it is a whole Alexandrian library of thought, feeling, and sentiment--all that can, all that need be urged, in the form of expostulation, entreaty, rebuke, against that crime of crimes,--making man the prop- erty of his fellow-man
Concluding her address of expostulation in those terms, Miss Garth led Norah to the library door, pushed Magdalen into the morning-room, and went on her own way sternly to the regions of the medicine-chest.
In his expostulation he dropped his cleaner hand (perhaps accidentally, perhaps not) upon the joker's heart.
This rough expostulation was addressed to no other than our acquaintance Isaac, who, richly and even magnificently dressed in a gaberdine ornamented with lace and lined with fur, was endeavouring to make place in the foremost row beneath the gallery for his daughter, the beautiful Rebecca, who had joined him at Ashby, and who was now hanging on her father's arm, not a little terrified by the popular displeasure which seemed generally excited by her parent's presumption.
Then I heard the key turn in the lock, and Montgomery's voice in expostulation.
Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.
This, under the circumstances, has been justly characterized by one of the witnesses (Montani, the confectioner,) as an expression of remonstrance or expostulation.
Again I collected my energies for a final attempt at expostulation.
Use also such persons as affect the business, wherein they are employed; for that quickeneth much; and such, as are fit for the matter; as bold men for expostulation, fair-spoken men for persuasion, crafty men for inquiry and observation, froward, and absurd men, for business that doth not well bear out itself.
And then her cooing voice, plaintive in expostulation, disturbed the darkness, the velvet touch of her lips passed over his brow, and he could distinguish in the air the warmth of her breath.
Hilbery, or saw him gaze at the scene round the tea-table with an expression of the utmost disgust and expostulation.