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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·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē), ex·pos′tu·la′tive adj.
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(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]
exˈpostulatory, exˈpostulative adj
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v.i. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to reason earnestly with someone by way of warning or rebuke.
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Past participle: expostulated
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|Verb||1.||expostulate - reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion|
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verb protest, reason (with), argue (with), dissuade, remonstrate (with) `Have some sense!' he expostulated.
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B. VT → protestar
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expostulate[ɪksˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt] vi (frm) to expostulate with sb about sth → fare le proprie rimostranze a qn per qc
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