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 for Expostulate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expostulate \Ex*pos"tu*late\ (?; 135), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Expostulated; p. pr. & vb. n. Expostulating.] [L.
     expostulatus, p. p. of expostulare to demand vehemently; ex
     out + postulare to ask, require. See Postulate.]
     To reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of his
     conduct, representing the wrong he has done or intends, and
     urging him to make redress or to desist; to remonstrate; --
     followed by with.
     [1913 Webster]
           Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring
           accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
                                                    (Thuc. ).
     Syn: To remonstrate; reason. See Remonstrate.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expostulate \Ex*pos"tu*late\, v. t.
     To discuss; to examine. [Obs.]
     [1913 Webster]
           To expostulate
           What majesty should be, what duty is.    --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  62 Moby Thesaurus words for "expostulate":
     admonish, argue, beef, bitch, boggle, boycott, call in question,
     caution, challenge, charge, combat, complain, cry out against,
     daunt, debate, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demur, discuss,
     dispute, dissuade, encourage, enjoin, enter a protest, except,
     exhort, fight, frighten off, holler, howl, incite, induce,
     intimidate, inveigh against, issue a caveat, kick, kid out of,
     march, move, object, oppose, persuade, picket, preach,
     press objections, prompt, protest, raise a howl, rally,
     remonstrate, resist, scruple, sit in, squawk, state a grievance,
     strike, talk out of, teach in, unpersuade, urge, warn,
     yell bloody murder

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