v. ex·pos·tu·lat·ed, ex·pos·tu·lat·ing, ex·pos·tu·lates
To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate. See Synonyms at object.
To say in protest; object: "[He] expostulated that they had every right to hold a street meeting" (Pierre Berton).
[Latin expostulāre, expostulāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + postulāre, to demand; see prek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ex·postu·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē), ex·postu·la′tive adj.
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