expostulate :

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  • v  reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

  • Much as Cane expostulated in the board meeting about the need for a hike in spending, his arguments fell on deaf ears.
  • At the post match conference, the official expostulated endlessly about the disallowed goal.
  • James expostulated with calm and well-reasoned tone that the mistake was inadvertent.

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