expostulate

verb ex·pos·tu·late \ ik-ˈspäs-chə-ˌlāt \

Definition of expostulate

transitive verb
obsolete : discuss, examine
intransitive verb
: to reason earnestly with a person for purposes of dissuasion or remonstrance

Origin and Etymology of expostulate

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


EXPOSTULATE Defined for English Language Learners

expostulate

verb

Definition of expostulate for English Language Learners

  • : to disagree with something or argue against it



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