From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
Expostulation \Ex*pos'tu*la"tion\, noun [L. expostulatio.] The act of expostulating or reasoning with a person in opposition to some impropriety of conduct; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest; dissuasion.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993) [devils]:
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