ob·​jec·​tion·​able | \ əb-ˈjek-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce objectionable (audio) \

Definition of objectionable

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Other Words from objectionable

objectionableness noun
objectionably \ əb-​ˈjek-​sh(ə-​)nə-​blē How to pronounce objectionably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of objectionable in a Sentence

a T-shirt with an objectionable image

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Add to that the perception that many riders do nothing to improve the environment, at least in the minds of numerous anxious commuters vexed by noise, odors and objectionable behavior. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Exposing abuse in the Boy Scouts of America (8/11/19)," 11 Aug. 2019 Years ago Berman revealed his father's role as a prominent lobbyist, doing work the songwriter found objectionable. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering David Berman and a special Houston show," 8 Aug. 2019 At the beginning of last night's debate, Biden seemed to reference the tough exchange, greeting Harris with a remark some found objectionable. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Joe Biden to Kamala Harris at the Debate: ‘Go Easy on Me, Kid’," 1 Aug. 2019 On Tuesday, after conferring with Lathem’s attorneys, Burns cleared the way for the agreement’s release later in the week after one paragraph the judge found objectionable could be removed. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Admitted killer in sex-fantasy case could serve sharply reduced prison sentence in native England," 25 July 2019 Take for an instance, the case of viral objectionable videos. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "It took a ban and a government notice for ByteDance to wake up in India," 21 July 2019 Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg Wojcicki has talked about how artificial intelligence and an army of human moderators are reducing the amount of offensive or otherwise objectionable videos on YouTube. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "‘Broadcast yourself,’ YouTube told us. It might want to rephrase that," 12 June 2019 McGinty’s prosecutors presented the results of an investigation carried out by the county sheriff’s department and reports from three use-of-force experts, each of whom concluded the shooting was objectionable reasonable under the circumstances. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Gazebo where Tamir Rice was shot to be dedicated at Chicago museum: live coverage," 23 June 2019 YouTube, like Facebook and other online services that rely on users for content, is facing growing scrutiny over material that shows violence, promotes hatred or is objectionable in other ways. NBC News, "YouTube CEO says 'sorry,' but defends hosting videos with homophobic slurs," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of objectionable

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for objectionable

objection + -able

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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 How to pronounce objectionable (audio) \

Kids Definition of objectionable

: arousing disapproval or great dislike : offensive

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