[ik-spos-chuh-leyt] /ɪkˈspɒs tʃəˌleɪt/

verb (used without object), expostulated, expostulating.
to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate:
His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention

1530s, “to demand, to claim,” from Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulare “to demand urgently, remonstrate,” from ex- “from” (see ex-) + postulare “to demand” (see postulate). Friendlier sense is first recorded in English 1570s. Related: Expostulated; expostulating.


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