ob·​jec·​tion·​able | \əb-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nə-bəl \

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Other Words from objectionable

objectionableness noun
objectionably \əb-​ˈjek-​sh(ə-​)nə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of objectionable in a Sentence

a T-shirt with an objectionable image

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Bertelsmann’s Arvato customer relations management division runs moderation centers in Germany and elsewhere, where workers pore over content on Facebook that has been flagged as objectionable. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Bertelsmann to Merge Unit That Moderates for Facebook With a Competitor," 18 Sep. 2018 May emerged as the least objectionable alternative. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Did Trump Just Help Stop Brexit?," 13 July 2018 These beliefs are now recognized as objectionable; they’ve been replaced, ostensibly, by an acceptance of pluralism and diversity — though not a deep commitment to integration. New York Times, "White People Are Noticing Something New: Their Own Whiteness," 13 June 2018 The word was used to criticize certain sorts of behavior that were once thought objectionable in women but today attract little or no disapproval. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Where did all the hoydens go?," 24 May 2018 For all other videos users find on YouTube, the recommendation engine will work the old-fashioned way, which, YouTube executives acknowledge, may well turn up content that people find objectionable. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "YouTube Debuts Plan to Promote and Fund 'Authoritative' News," 9 July 2018 In the restaurant industry, eighty-six was soon applied to customers who were considered objectionable for some reason, worthy of removal like an item from the menu. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "A Restaurant “Eighty-Sixed” Sarah Huckabee Sanders. What Does That Mean?," 23 June 2018 But Weinstein's defense, at least as it was outlined Friday, appears to draw a distinction between objectionable behavior and criminal behavior. James Queally, latimes.com, "Weinstein cites 'casting couch' defense as he faces rape charges in New York," 26 May 2018 And YouTube said that its computers successfully intercepted some 4.5 million objectionable videos last quarter before anyone saw them. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: We found some eye-opening numbers in Alphabet’s Q1 earnings report," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of objectionable

1741, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of objectionable

: not good or right : causing people to be offended


ob·​jec·​tion·​able | \əb-ˈjek-shə-nə-bəl \

Kids Definition of objectionable

: arousing disapproval or great dislike : offensive

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