ob·​jec·​tion | \ əb-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce objection (audio) \
plural objections

Definition of objection

1 : an act of objecting
2a : a reason or argument presented in opposition
b : a feeling or expression of disapproval
c : a statement of opposition to an aspect of a judicial or other legal proceeding file an objection to a proposed bankruptcy plan

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Examples of objection in a Sentence

My main objection is that some people will have to pay more than others. He said he had no objection to the plan.

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The Unites States is gearing up to provide emergency food and medicine to Venezuela, working with Guaido’s opposition movement over Maduro’s objections. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s dueling political movements each push elections," 6 Feb. 2019 The Constitution gives Congress vastly more power than the president — the president can’t even force a vote on legislation, while Congress can pass a bill even over the president’s objections. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Trump endangers America because congressional Republicans let him," 21 Dec. 2018 After local police released him at the time to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an immigration judge granted Vazquez bond over ICE objections and he was released, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. Fox News, "Fishing crew member charged with murder in attack at sea," 25 Sep. 2018 Cheng issued a ruling in 2016 that allowed veterans’ groups, over the city’s objections, to remain in the War Memorial Veterans Building for little or no rent. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF public defenders make unusual bid for four Superior Court judges’ seats," 15 May 2018 The vote passed 256-167 in the House, despite objections from a number of conservative Republicans who were unhappy with the budget costs of the 2,232-page measure and because it was put out with so little time to be digested. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "House approves $1.3 trillion spending bill; measure moves to Senate," 2 Oct. 2018 In March 2017, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the sale of a Montreal laser company to a firm partly owned by the Chinese government, despite objections from security officials in the previous Canadian government. Dan Levin, New York Times, "A Tech Guru Captivated Canada. Then He Fled to China.," 10 July 2018 The practice is expected to continue indefinitely despite objections from Congress, as the Trump administration is eliminating 6,000 positions from the bureau's force, including 1,800 officer jobs. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Far beyond the border, immigration detentions tax federal prisons," 27 June 2018 The documents, while heavily redacted, were unsealed at the request of a lawyer representing the Times and other media outlets, and despite objections from DeAngelo’s defense team, the Times reports. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Investigators Collected the Suspected Golden State Killer's DNA While He Shopped at Hobby Lobby," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of objection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for objection

Middle English objeccioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin objectiōn-, objectiō, from Latin obicere, objicere "to throw in the way, put forward, cite as a ground for disapproval or criticism" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at object entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of objection

: a reason for disagreeing with or opposing something : a reason for objecting
: an act of formally objecting to something during a trial.
used as an interjection by lawyers during trials when they think something is not fair or proper


ob·​jec·​tion | \ əb-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce objection (audio) \

Kids Definition of objection

1 : an act of showing disapproval or great dislike
2 : a reason for or a feeling of disapproval Her main objection to the purchase is the price.



Legal Definition of objection

1 : an act or instance of objecting specifically : a statement of opposition to an aspect of a judicial or other legal proceeding file an objection to a proposed bankruptcy plan
2 : a reason or argument forming the ground of an objection

Note: Objections at trial are generally made for the purpose of opposing the admission of improper evidence. Such an objection must be made in a timely manner. Objections prevent the jury from seeing or hearing the evidence and preserve the issue for appeal. Objections may also be made on the ground of the opposing counsel's improper methods (as leading a witness) or for other technical reasons.

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