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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Rather, the objections have been almost entirely about turf. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Rather, the objections to Estrada were political and procedural. Fox News, "Levin: Democrats and the judicial confirmation process," 24 Sep. 2018 Another objection to soccer/futbol is the flopping and acting so many players do hoping to induce fouls and yellow cards and perhaps even penalty kicks. Bob Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "You don’t have to love soccer to appreciate the greatness of the World Cup," 29 June 2018 The court also gave opponents of its decision until July 2 to file objections. NBC News, "Court reinstates doctor-assisted suicide in California," 16 June 2018 The Bengals' objection was news to orchestra officials. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals threaten to veto proposed site for new concert venue at The Banks," 6 June 2018 Demonstrations continued within the league — as did objections to fines imposed on players for flouting uniform rules. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "The WNBA Is Starting a New Season—Of Activism—By Asking Fans to ‘Take a Stand’," 17 May 2018 First, here are the main objections to Clear, as outlined in a blog post published Thursday by Matt Green, a Johns Hopkins professor specializing in cryptography and security. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Ray Ozzie’s plan for unlocking encrypted phones gets a chilly reception," 26 Apr. 2018 The New Jersey Catholic Conference said earlier this week the church has no objection if victims want to speak out. Mike Catalini, Fox News, "Church officials: Victims with pre-2002 deals free to speak," 19 Sep. 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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