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.


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Ex*pos"tu*late, v. t.

To discuss; to examine.


To expostulate What majesty should be, what duty is. Shak.


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