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 bill passed out of committee without objection, drawing praise from Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., the highest-ranking Republican. NBC News, "House committee passes $300 million bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in public housing," 27 June 2019 Unless there is an objection, transcripts from a grand jury hearing are made public 10 days after they are provided to the defendant or his attorney. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Judge orders release of transcripts in Nipsey Hussle murder case," 27 June 2019 But that wasn’t the core of Rye’s objection, which was principally with the notion of detention itself. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Angela Rye Knows You’re Racist," 24 June 2019 The lawmakers approved sweeping rental protections over the fierce objections of landlords, and passed a measure allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. Henry Goldman And Keshia Clukey / Bloomberg, Time, "N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900,000 Arrests," 21 June 2019 Trump fulfilled a campaign promise to scrap the Obama-era agreement over objections from members of his cabinet, including then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and the US’s European allies. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US-Iran standoff: a timeline," 21 June 2019 Some camps that require all participants to be vaccinated against measles, even if parents have religious objections, have not accepted campers who are not immunized. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Summer camps are requiring children get vaccinated amid measles fears," 19 June 2019 Enormous outlays for marginal or even nonexistent returns attract little attention, let alone objection, among our politicians. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 Plenty of people went on social media to raise privacy and security objections after Amazon announced that service, but the company is betting that others will decide it’s convenient. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 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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