Expostulate meaning

ĭk-spŏschə-lāt
To say in protest; object.
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Expostulate is defined as to try to reason with someone while showing a lot of disagreement.

An example of expostulate is to try to prove the existence of God to an atheist.

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To reason with a person earnestly, objecting to that person's actions or intentions; remonstrate (with)
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To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
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To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate.
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Origin of expostulate

  • 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

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

    From Wiktionary