AskDefine | Define expostulate

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expostulate v : reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

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First attested circa 16th century, from expostulatus, past participle of expostulare, "to demand or claim," from ex- + postulare, "to demand."


  1. To protest or remonstrate.

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