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 objectionable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of objectionable in a Sentence

a T-shirt with an objectionable image
Recent Examples on the Web Intermissions might not be so objectionable if house management were conducted with more discipline. Los Angeles Times, "Cut the intermission, please. Why I hope the pandemic ends a theatrical tradition," 11 May 2021 What could be objectionable in asking all young people to pause before plunging into the scramble of adult life to donate some of their time and energies to some socially beneficial, critically needed service at home or abroad? Editorial Board New York Times, Star Tribune, "Should young Americans be required to give a year of service?," 4 May 2021 Its rise coincided with more aggressive efforts on Twitter’s part to flag or remove content Twitter deemed objectionable or misleading. Matt Grossman, WSJ, "Apple to Reinstate Parler, the App at Center of Online-Speech Debate," 19 Apr. 2021 After all, what could be objectionable in asking people to care for one another and be aware of how their actions affect others? Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence," 12 Apr. 2021 Students said Wilson was objectionable because his policies deliberately and intentionally destroyed Black middle-class communities. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Will Dallas ISD rename three schools with Confederate ties?," 12 Mar. 2021 Dan McCormick, who led the company’s engineering team, wanted a roll of the obscene or objectionable as a safety feature for the autocomplete feature of the site’s search box. Tom Simonite, Wired, "AI and the List of Dirty, Naughty, Obscene, and Otherwise Bad Words," 4 Feb. 2021 This seems to be what Robertson found objectionable in Schlesinger’s direction. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking of Hollywood," 5 Apr. 2021 These are just a handful among the hundreds — maybe thousands — of old Hollywood films with scenes, themes and language ranging from highly objectionable to abhorrent. Nicholas Goldberg, Star Tribune, "Those bad old tropes: Cancel or critique?," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Objectionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectionable. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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