Expostulatory

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Expostulatory Containing expostulation or remonstrance; as, an expostulatory discourse or letter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expostulatory Pertaining to, consisting of, or containing expostulation: as, an expostulatory address or debate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Expostulatory containing expostulation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expostulāre, -ātumex, inten., postulāre, to demand.

Usage

In literature:

Quite contrary to all precedent, it was mildly expostulatory.
"A Fool For Love" by Francis Lynde
As Agamemnon was about to speak, a general expostulatory outcry drowned his voice.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
Keen raised an expostulatory hand, smiling indulgence.
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
One of them is drunk, therefore extra-expostulatory.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
The comments of the press began to assume an expostulatory tone.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Voices, expostulatory voices, roused her.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Prince tossed his head and gave an expostulatory amble.
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But the other raised his arm with an expostulatory gesture.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Hooliam suddenly became voluble and expostulatory.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Her letters were exposed, her expostulatory verses read at clubs and taverns, and the unhappy Sappho toasted in derision.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
In all the years of their acquaintance he had never known the Commandant in an expostulatory vein.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Marie lifted an expostulatory hand.
"The Lady of the Mount" by Frederic S. Isham
He could hear them talking, Rouminof's voice thick and expostulatory, Charley's even and clear.
"The Black Opal" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
The opening words are as usual expostulatory, but with a ring of vigour.
"Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job" by Robert Watson
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