from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to, consisting of, or containing expostulation: as, an expostulatory address or debate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing expostulation or remonstrance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, characterized by, or exhibiting expostulation.


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expostulate +‎ -ory


  • Dot Moxon's expostulatory and belligerent voice dominating the broken murmur of male voices.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Older SF actually had a lot of "expostulatory lumps," and I rather liked them you can find some of the same sort of writing in the parts of Moby Dick and Les Miserables that are usually abridged out of those works.

    Does Science Fiction (Still) Matter?

  • I drew Joe away, and he immediately became placable; merely stating to me, in an obliging manner and as a polite expostulatory notice to any one whom it might happen to concern, that he were not

    Great Expectations

  • With expostulatory shakes of the head and indignant glances I called his attention to the fact that I was not alone.

    The Arrow of Gold

  • Her expostulatory letter to her brother and sister.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • You have heard, my good Miss Byron, that the friendship between Mr. Grandison and Signor Je-ronymo was twice broken off: once it was, by the unkindly-taken freedom of the expostulatory letter.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • The sombre mantle of expostulatory eloquence had now descended on the earl, and he continued, turning full upon his victim, and raising and lowering his voice with monotonous propriety.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • As we returned, in passing a clump of trees, we heard a sudden outbreak of voices, angry and expostulatory; and saw, under the trees, the savage old

    Uncle Silas

  • Her look and manner were even expostulatory; and in reply to these, rather than her words, he said, — “I could not help it, madam: I found it impossible to leave the country without seeing with my own eyes how she settled.”


  • They paced the centre-alley for nearly an hour, talking earnestly: he — looking grave, yet restless; she — wearing an amazed, expostulatory, dissuasive air.



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