2. The act of expounding or of laying open the sense or meaning of an author, or a passage; explanation; interpretation; the
sense put upon a passage; a law, or the like, by an interpreter; hence, a work containing explanations or
interpretations; a commentary.
You know the law; your expositionShak.
Hath been most sound.
3. Situation or position with reference to direction of view or accessibility to influence of sun, wind, etc.; exposure; as,
an easterly exposition; an exposition to the sun. [Obs.] Arbuthnot.
4. A public exhibition or show, as of industrial and artistic productions; as, the Paris Exposition of 1878.
(Ex*pos"i*tive) a. Serving to explain; expository. Bp. Pearson.
(Ex*pos"i*tor) n. [L. See Expound.] One who, or that which, expounds or explains; an expounder; a
commentator. Bp. Horsley.
(Ex*pos"i*to*ry) a. Pertaining to, or containing, exposition; serving to explain; explanatory; illustrative; exegetical.
A glossary or expository index to the poetical writers.Johnson.
Ex post facto
Ex post facto law, a law which operates by after enactment. The phrase is popularly applied to any
law, civil or criminal, which is enacted with a retrospective effect, and with intention to produce that effect; but
in its true application, as employed in American law, it relates only to crimes, and signifies a law which
retroacts, by way of criminal punishment, upon that which was not a crime before its passage, or which
raises the grade of an offense, or renders an act punishable in a more severe manner that it was when
committed. Ex post facto laws are held to be contrary to the fundamental principles of a free government,
and the States are prohibited from passing such laws by the Constitution of the United States. Burrill.
(||Ex" post` fac"to, or ||Ex" post`fac"to) (eks" post" fak"to). [L., from what is done afterwards.]
(Law) From or by an after act, or thing done afterward; in consequence of a subsequent act; retrospective.
(Ex*pos"tu*late) 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
Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a
Syn. To remonstrate; reason. See Remonstrate.
(Ex*pos"tu*late), v. t. To discuss; to examine. [Obs.]
What majesty should be, what duty is.
(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.
We must use expostulation kindly.Shak.
(Ex*pos"tu*la`tor) n. One who expostulates. Lamb.