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  • n. The act of reasoning earnestly in order to dissuade or remonstrate.
  • n. A comment of earnest reasoning meant to dissuade or remonstrate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of expostulating or reasoning with a person in opposition to some impropriety of conduct; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest; dissuasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of expostulating or remonstrating with a person or persons; argumentative protest; dissuasion.
  • n. In rhetoric, an address containing expostulation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
  • n. an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof

Etymologies

From Latin expostulātiōnem, accusative singular of expostulātiō ("complaint, expostulation"), from expostulō ("demand, expostulate"), from ex ("out of, from") + postulō ("demand or claim"). See expostulate. (Wiktionary)

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