expostulation

noun ex·pos·tu·la·tion \ ik-ˌspäs-chə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of expostulation

: an act or an instance of expostulating

expostulatory

play \ik-ˈspäs-chə-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of expostulation in a Sentence

  1. despite the earnest expostulations of her friends, Jessica continued to date the foul-tempered guy

First Known Use of expostulation

1540


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