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rejection

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of rejection

  1. 1 a refusal to confirm the truth of a statement <made a flat rejection of the charges against him> Synonyms contradiction, denegation, disallowance, disavowal, disclaimer, disconfirmation, negation, denial, repudiationRelated Words disproof, rebuttal, refutation; negativeNear Antonyms concession, confession; affirmation, assertion, declaration; attestation, corroboration, documentation, substantiation, testament, testimony, validationAntonyms acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), admission, avowal, confirmation

  2. 2 an unwillingness to grant something asked for <the judge's swift rejection of the lawyer's request for a recess> Synonyms declination, disallowance, nay, no, nonacceptance, refusal, denial, turndownRelated Words rebuff, repudiation, repulse, spurn; negative; ban, injunction, veto; deterrence, discouragement, repression, suppressionNear Antonyms acceptance, accession, acquiescence, agreement, assent, authorization, clearance, concurrence, consent, leave, license (or licence), permission, sanction, sufferance; imprimatur, seal, signature, stampAntonyms allowance, approval, grant, OK (or okay)

  3. 3 something separated from a group or lot for not being as good as the others <that pile is for rejections, and this one is for applications we'll be accepting> Synonyms discard, reject, cull, secondRelated Words castaway, throwaway; hand-me-down, white elephant; rubbish, scrap, trash, waste





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