Etymology
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expostulation (n.)

1580s, "action of remonstrating in a friendly manner;" 1590s, "argumentative protest," from Latin expostulationem (nominative expostulatio) "a pressing demand, complaint," noun of action from past-participle stem of expostulare "demand urgently," from ex "from" (see ex-) + postulare "to demand" (see postulate (v.)).

updated on April 28, 2020

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Definitions of expostulation from WordNet

expostulation (n.)
the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest;
expostulation (n.)
an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof;
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