expostulation

[ik-spos-chuh-ley-shuhn]
noun
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.

Origin:
1580–90; < Latin expostulātiōn- (stem of expostulātiō) complaint. See expostulate, -ion

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expostulate (ɪkˈspɒstjʊˌleɪt)
 
vb (usually foll by with)
to argue or reason (with), esp in order to dissuade from an action or intention
 
[C16: from Latin expostulāre to require, from postulāre to demand; see postulate]
 
ex'postulatingly
 
adv
 
expostu'lation
 
n
 
ex'postulator
 
n
 
ex'postulatory
 
adj
 
ex'postulative
 
adj

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expostulation
1580s, from L. expostulationem, noun of action from expostulare (see expostulate).
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