un expostulating

expostulate

[ik-spos-chuh-leyt]
verb (used without object), expostulated, expostulating.
to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin expostulātus demanded urgently, required (past participle of expostulāre). See ex-1, postulate

expostulatingly, adverb
expostulator, noun
unexpostulating, adjective


dispute, argue, protest; exhort, counsel.
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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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expostulate
1530s, "to demand, to claim," from L. expostulatus, pp. of expostulare "to demand urgently, remonstrate," from ex- intensive prefix + postulare "to demand." Friendlier sense is first recorded in English 1570s. Related: Expostulated; expostulating.
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