expostulate

verb
ex·​pos·​tu·​late | \ ik-ˈspäs-chə-ˌlāt How to pronounce expostulate (audio) \
expostulated; expostulating; expostulates

Definition of expostulate

intransitive verb

: to reason earnestly with a person for purposes of dissuasion or remonstrance

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Synonyms

demur, except, kick, object, protest, remonstrate

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First Known Use of expostulate

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for expostulate

Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulare to demand, dispute, from ex- + postulare to ask for — more at postulate

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expostulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expostulate

formal : to disagree with something or argue against it

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