expostulation
noun Date: 1540 an act or an instance of expostulating • expostulatory adjective

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  • Expostulation — Ex*pos tu*la tion, n. [L. expostulatio.] The act of expostulating or reasoning with a person in opposition to some impropriety of conduct; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest; dissuasion. [1913 Webster] We must use expostulation kindly. Shak …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expostulation — I noun admonition, altercation, blame, caution, complaint, condemnation, confirmed opposition, contention, contrary advice, criticism, dehortation, deprecation, difference, disapprobation, disapproval, dissidence, dissent, dissuasion,… …   Law dictionary

  • Expostulation — Expostulation, lat., Beschwerde, Streitigkeit; expostuliren, rechten; inständig bitten …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • expostulation — 1580s, from L. expostulationem (nom. expostulatio), noun of action from pp. stem of expostulare (see EXPOSTULATE (Cf. expostulate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • expostulation — /ik spos cheuh lay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of expostulating; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest: In spite of my expostulations, he insisted on driving me home. 2. an expostulatory remark or address. [1580 90; < L expostulation (s. of… …   Universalium

  • expostulation — expostulate ► VERB ▪ express strong disapproval or disagreement. DERIVATIVES expostulation noun expostulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin expostulare demand …   English terms dictionary

  • expostulation — noun a) The act of reasoning earnestly in order to dissuade or remonstrate. b) A comment of earnest reasoning meant to dissuade or remonstrate. See Also: demur, exception, objection, protest, protestation …   Wiktionary

  • expostulation — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. remonstrance, protest, complaint, disapproval; see objection 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The act of expressing strong or reasoned opposition: challenge, demur, exception, objection, protest, protestation,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Expostulation — Ex|pos|tu|la|ti|on die; , en <aus gleichbed. lat. expostulatio zu expostulare, vgl. ↑expostulieren> Beschwerde, Forderung …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • expostulation — ex·pos·tu·la·tion || ɪk‚spÉ’stjÊŠ leɪʃn n. protest, dispute; admonition, council …   English contemporary dictionary

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