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expostulate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expostulate  \Ex*pos"tu*late\,  v.  t. 
  To  discuss;  to  examine.  [Obs.] 
 
  To  expostulate  What  majesty  should  be  what  duty  is 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Expostulate  \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 
  --Jowett 
  (Thuc.  ). 
 
  Syn:  To  remonstrate;  reason.  See  {Remonstrate}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expostulate 
  v  :  reason  with  (somebody)  for  the  purpose  of  dissuasion 




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