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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.expostulate - reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
argue, reason - present reasons and arguments
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expostulate

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

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

expostulate

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

viprotestieren; to expostulate with somebodymit jdm disputieren
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expostulate

[ɪksˈpɒstjʊˌleɪt] vi (frm) to expostulate with sb about sthfare le proprie rimostranze a qn per qc
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References in periodicals archive ?
Gilman's Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, now a decade out of date.(1) Its format, like that of Gilman and the handful of other great American usage guides of the last century, includes entries on individual words and phrases and expostulative small-cap MINI-ESSAYS.
Senge comes off as introspective and carefully probing, Covey as deliberate and expostulative, Peters as slightly crazed in a fun way.