ob·jec·tion | \əb-ˈjek-shən \
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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At the end of the day, marathon runner Legere successfully ran through the gauntlet of objections and emerged unscathed. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—T-Mobile CEO John Legere Emerges From Capitol Hill Grilling Unscathed," 29 June 2018 As the Times notes, six states (including Arizona) have laws that allow pharmacies or pharmacists to refuse medication on the basis of religious or moral objections. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Medication for Her Miscarriage," 25 June 2018 But her op-ed brought more attention to the growing number of bipartisan objections to Trump’s family separation policy. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Laura Bush Condemns Trump Family Separation Policy as ‘Cruel’ and ‘Immoral’," 18 June 2018 In 2012, he was confirmed by the Senate without objection and sworn into office that spring. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "The Inspector General's Report Criticizes James Comey. Here's What You Need to Know," 14 June 2018 The budget proposal backed without objection — and with little discussion — by the Senate Finance Committee relies on $540 million in tax renewals for the financial year starting July 1. Melinda Deslatte, The Seattle Times, "Louisiana senators advancing $29B budget without deep cuts," 2 June 2018 Marcuvitz said none of the objections raised by residents at a hearing in March, and later in writing, barred the village from moving forward with the blight designation. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Village of Mount Pleasant moves toward declaring Foxconn site a 'blighted area'," 9 May 2018 Critics, though, are raising a host of objections to the measure. David Eggert, Detroit Free Press, "Why Republicans wants 350,000 Medicaid enrollees to get a job," 5 May 2018 But his co-panelists offered plenty of objections to the growing monopoly power of Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“The Opportunity Has Never Been Richer”: Silicon Valley Sees Dollar Signs in the A.I. Apocalypse," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of objection

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of objection

: a reason for disagreeing with or opposing something : a reason for objecting

law : 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 \

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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