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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest;
[syn: expostulation, remonstrance, remonstration, objection]

2. an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Expostulation \Ex*pos`tu*la"tion\, n. [L. expostulatio.] The act of expostulating or reasoning with a person in opposition to some impropriety of conduct; remonstrance; earnest and kindly protest; dissuasion. [1913 Webster] We must use expostulation kindly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

expostulation n 1: the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest [syn: expostulation, remonstrance, remonstration, objection] 2: an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

EXPOSTULATION, n. One of the many methods by which fools prefer to lose their friends.