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.
Recent Examples on the Web One objection to the benefits principle logic - as economists are fond of reminding us - is that businesses cannot actually pay taxes. Stephanie Leiser, The Conversation, "Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough," 2 Apr. 2021 As Brooks recounted in a Dec. 29 Fox News interview, Trump told the representatives that a senator would join their objection, the necessary step for a debate and vote in both chambers. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Mo Brooks Compared Biden’s Election to the Start of the Civil War. Now He Wants a Senate Seat.," 22 Mar. 2021 Prior to the election, Democrats emphatically stated their objection to the rule and the party's intention to reverse it should Biden win. Brian Menickella, Forbes, "New Administration, New Potential Changes You Should Be Aware Of," 5 Mar. 2021 At the end of the day, my strong objection to Birkenstocks is simply stylistic. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Not Even LVMH Can Convince Me to Wear Birkenstocks," 5 Mar. 2021 Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron said during a hearing at Norwalk Courthouse that he had been ordered to remove the death penalty consideration, despite his own objection and that of Deputy DA Geoff Lewis, FOX LA reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer," 21 Feb. 2021 Just five Republicans joined Democrats in opposing Paul's objection, a signal that Democrats are unlikely to garner the 17 Republican votes needed to convict Mr. Trump. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump impeachment lawyers call on Senate to reject "brazen political act" in new filing," 8 Feb. 2021 Plans to challenge a number of states after Arizona were scrapped, as well — but one other objection, to Pennsylvania’s results, also advanced to a vote. New York Times, "The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results," 7 Jan. 2021 After the Arizona challenge, only one other objection, to Pennsylvania’s results, advanced to a vote. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "List: How each California lawmaker voted on Electoral College count," 7 Jan. 2021

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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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“Objection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objection. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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