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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
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