expostulate

verb

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

intransitive verb

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

Examples of expostulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But her style, it is suggested (for what happened at those audiences was wholly confidential) was never to expostulate – merely to ask a leading question, or to drop a subtle hint. Sarah Gristwood, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of expostulate was in 1573

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Cite this Entry

“Expostulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expostulate. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

expostulate

verb
ex·​pos·​tu·​late ik-ˈspäs-chə-ˌlāt How to pronounce expostulate (audio)
expostulated; expostulating
expostulation
-ˌspäs-chə-ˈlā-shən
noun
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