ob·​jec·​tion·​able əb-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce objectionable (audio)
objectionableness noun
objectionably adverb

Examples of objectionable in a Sentence

a T-shirt with an objectionable image
Recent Examples on the Web Why choose a vague word as the smug shorthand for something morally objectionable? Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 But Trump’s return could also raise fresh concerns for advertisers, some of whom have pulled back their spending on the platform over fears that their ads could run next to controversial or potentially objectionable content as Musk has reduced content moderation on the site. Clare Duffy, CNN, 25 Aug. 2023 Houseguests who do or say objectionable things are vilified and are often publicly called out online for their bad behavior. Calum Marsh, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2023 Per a Smith family blog, there is no evidence of a settlement, and more objectionable material may or may not have been removed from the surviving print of the film. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 30 July 2023 Library Director Anne Gresham said the changes are in response to the possible implementation of Act 372, which would put appeals of objectionable books in the hands of quorum courts across the state. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 19 July 2023 Three books in the children's library were recently found objectionable, and library staff moved them to the parenting section, Gresham said. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 19 July 2023 Kevin McCarthy thinks that speaking out even remotely against a state that is committing apartheid is morally objectionable—and even worth censure. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 17 July 2023 The Board recognizes that a course of study or certain instructional materials may contain content and/or activities that some parents find objectionable. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 13 July 2023 See More

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Word History


objection + -able

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of objectionable was in 1741

Dictionary Entries Near objectionable

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“Objectionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectionable. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ob·​jec·​tion·​able əb-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce objectionable (audio)
: arousing objection : offensive
uses objectionable language
objectionably adverb

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