rejection

noun
re·​jec·​tion | \ ri-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce rejection (audio) \

Definition of rejection

1a : the action of rejecting : the state of being rejected
b : an immune response in which foreign tissue (as of a skin graft or transplanted organ) is attacked by immune system components of the recipient organism
2 : something rejected

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Examples of rejection in a Sentence

made a flat rejection of the charges against him the judge's swift rejection of the lawyer's request for a recess
Recent Examples on the Web The recipient will likely have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life, which could put him at risk for infections, kidney problems and certain types of cancers, the Times reported. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Veteran wounded in Afghanistan ‘feeling whole’ after breakthrough penis and scrotum transplant," 7 Nov. 2019 On a metaphoric level, Rostand’s play is about the curse of being something other than the standard-issue tall, handsome guy while loving exactly like that dude and, alas, fearing discrimination and rejection. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'GoT’ star Peter Dinklage is a gruff, edgy ‘Cyrano’ off-Broadway," 7 Nov. 2019 Shlama had complained about the rejection via Twitter, and Abro confirmed the tweet referred to the same grant for which the Catholic University in Erbil was also rejected. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups," 6 Nov. 2019 As kids get older the problems get tougher: heartbreak, failure, betrayal, rejection (social media now plays a prominent role in all of these). Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "Charting how the time parents spend with kids changes as they grow up," 6 Nov. 2019 Reaction Engines' heat-rejection system passes key test. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Would you buy Virgin Galactic stock? Rocket Lab goes lunar," 25 Oct. 2019 As supply chains move from China to poorer countries, rejections could rise to $2.5trn by 2025, says the World Economic Forum. The Economist, "Trade finance is nearing a much-needed shakeup," 24 Oct. 2019 Lawyers have been fighting to get these rejections overturned. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indians are frantically searching for “work visa” and “H-1B visa” on a US job portal," 23 Oct. 2019 For me, the Black crown has always represented rejection, assimilation, self-expression and, finally, acceptance. Danielle Young, Essence, "Black Hair Is ‘Ghetto’ Until Proved Fashionable," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of rejection

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Rejection.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejection. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for rejection

rejection

noun
re·​jec·​tion | \ ri-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce rejection (audio) \

Kids Definition of rejection

: the act of not accepting, believing, or considering something : the state of being rejected

rejection

noun
re·​jec·​tion | \ ri-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce rejection (audio) \

Medical Definition of rejection

1 : the action of rejecting or the state of being rejected feelings of rejection rejection of the atypical child by the…group— G. S. Speer
2 : an immune response in which foreign tissue (as of a skin graft or transplanted organ) is attacked by immune system components (as antibodies, T cells, and macrophages) of the recipient organism

rejection

noun
re·​jec·​tion | \ ri-ˈjek-shən How to pronounce rejection (audio) \

Legal Definition of rejection

: the act or an instance of rejecting: as
a : a refusal to accept an offer
b : a refusal to accept nonconforming goods as performance of a contract

Note: Rejection and revocation are two remedies available to the buyer under the Uniform Commercial Code after the delivery of defective goods. Goods may be rejected if they do not conform to the contract. The rejection must be made within a reasonable period after delivery, before the goods have been accepted, and notice of the rejection must be given to the seller. Acceptance of the goods can be revoked if a defect substantially impairing their value to the buyer is discovered after acceptance, but such revocation must be made within a reasonable period after the buyer has discovered, or should have discovered, the defect.

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