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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But Mr Rouhani would have to overcome objections from the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who oppose engagement with America. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani talk about talking to each other," 26 Aug. 2019 Don’t expect too much objection from anyone on the city side. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t forget, the state dropped the ball with Providence schools too," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump has heard repeated objections from NRA and some of his own aides who are pushing back against new background check proposals. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump: Congress discussing 'meaningful' gun background checks, NRA will have input," 7 Aug. 2019 Holtec’s partner, Lavalin, had already been drawing objections. Susan Schmidt, ProPublica, "Meet the Congressman Defending Questionable Tax Breaks for a Company Connected to His Rich Brother," 2 July 2019 Critics of Trump’s move to end DACA have raised similar objections. Tribune News Service, nola.com, "Trump vs. ‘Dreamers’: Supreme Court to decide on DACA during election year," 28 June 2019 While no one raised objections to the projects, some landowners have questions about its possible impact on their properties, including John Arnold, who owns 2,500 adjacent acres. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Proposed toll road from south Lake to Horizon West has $469.5M price tag," 28 June 2019 Lifting that cap will trigger new objections from long-time QE critics especially in Germany, and potentially push the ECB into messy political and legal fights as a significant minority owner of various debt securities. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Trump Tweet and the Draghi Euro," 18 June 2019 Mission Valley stadium development The SoccerCity and SDSU West initiatives have qualified for the November ballot, but the city of San Diego is raising objections. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Why San Diego's marquee initiatives might not make the ballot," 29 June 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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