expostulatory


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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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I drew Joe away, and he immediately became placable; merely stating to me, in an obliging manner and as a polite expostulatory notice to any one whom it might happen to concern, that he were not a going to be bull-baited and badgered in his own place.
With expostulatory shakes of the head and indignant glances I called his attention to the fact that I was not alone.
Although Stephen devoted the first two reviews to the rambling expostulatory series Fors Clavigeria, they should be interpreted as part of an appraisal of the wider research programme that Ruskin had begun in the 1860s and delineated in Unto This Last and Munera Pulveris.