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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 ?
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.
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 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.
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.
In some cases, their ideologies are antagonistic to each other, but they have common patterns: they act as an alternative forms of hegemonic power that ideologically, geographically, and economically agitate and expostulate against states, which have been the legal and legitimate forms of hegemonic power since the constitution of the Westphalian system.
Along the way the Gorch brothers insist on getting rid of "Old Man" Sykes leading Pike to expostulate "Were not gonna get rid of anybody.
At CIBSE she launched a Home of a Future advisory organisation and suggested a supervision on tolerable growth to expostulate CO 0 initiatives.
I would also like to expostulate with some friends.
He recalls the basis for the creation of Pakistan as 'the protection of the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects', and goes on to expostulate how far we have come from the Quaid's beliefs and aspirations.
Instead, when asked to expostulate on his new club's prospects Ryan fixes the questioner in an uncomfortably long gaze and utters something along the lines of: "There's no magic wand.
Barker however, utilizes the Gothic in the Regeneration trilogy to expostulate key "outre emotions" of fear and terror of soldiers during the Great War and gives space to the variegated forms of war trauma inflicted on the body when such emotions accumulate and overpower.