Definitions for: Expostulate

[v] reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*pos"tu*late (?; 135), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
Expostulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Expostulating.] [L.
expostulatus, p. p. of expostulare to demand vehemently; ex
out + postulare to ask, require. See Postulate.]
To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his
conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and
urging him to make redress or to desist; to remonstrate; --
followed by with.

Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring
accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
(Thuc. ).

Syn: To remonstrate; reason. See Remonstrate.

Ex*pos"tu*late, v. t.
To discuss; to examine. [Obs.]

To expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is.

See Also: argue, reason

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