Expostulate Definition

expostulated, expostulates, expostulating
To reason with a person earnestly, objecting to that person's actions or intentions; remonstrate (with)
Webster's New World
To say in protest; object.
American Heritage

Origin of Expostulate

  • First attested circa 16th century, from Latin expostulatus, past participle of expostulo, "demand or claim," from ex- + postulo, "demand".

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin expostulāre expostulāt- ex- intensive pref. ex– postulāre to demand prek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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