Expostulating
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. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: To remonstrate; reason. See {Remonstrate}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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