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Meaning of EXPOSTULATE

Pronunciation:  ik'spâschu`leyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
 

EXPOSTULATE is a 11 letter word that starts with E.

 

 See Also: argue, reason

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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}.
    
    
  2. \Ex*pos"tu*late\, v. t.
    To discuss; to examine. [Obs.]
    
          To expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    
 
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