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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The bankruptcy-exit plan had triggered about 53 objections, many from landlords. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Mattress Firm Wins Court Approval of Chapter 11 Plan," 16 Nov. 2018 Another rule allowed some employers to claim an exemption due to a moral, non-religious objection to contraception. Anna North, Vox, "The Trump administration’s anti-birth control agenda, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 Patrick Semansky AP file Few objections, at first Looking back, two things are clear about the city’s efforts to win the convention. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018 But the longstanding practice of exposing rabbits, rats, and other animals to chemicals to evaluate risks is facing growing public objections and cost concerns, helping spur a hunt for alternatives. Vanessa Zainzinger, Science | AAAS, "New digital chemical screening tool could help eliminate animal testing," 11 July 2018 And often that process is gummed up by objections, either real or fanciful, from neighbors and critics. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why Detroit development takes so long," 11 July 2018 The Palestinian Authority is furious over the White House's intent to push a regional peace plan regardless of P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas objections, Ramallah sources told Israel Hayom. Jewish Journal, "Palestinian Authority outraged as White House says it will push regional peace plan," 10 July 2018 The New York Times first reported Morris’s objections, and her subsequent dismissal, on Thursday afternoon. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Move to omit controversial cardinal’s name from Pruitt’s schedule prompted protests," 5 July 2018 But eastern European objections, coupled with Mrs Merkel’s weakness, meant little happened. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 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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to make faulty or ineffective

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