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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Recent Examples on the Web His humility does not work in his favor when promoting fights, and there is no hype man in Miocic’s corner expostulating his accolades. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Stipe Miocic Knows UFC 226 Loss to Daniel Cormier Came Down to ‘One Shot’," 14 Aug. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expostulate. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expostulate

formal : to disagree with something or argue against it

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