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 Such potential rejection infuses unknown parent searches with gut-churning suspense. Caitlin Harrington, Wired, "There's No Such Thing as Family Secrets in the Age of 23andMe," 30 July 2020 This rate of rejection for Jefferson County absentee ballots in this year's primary — 4.43% — is lower than that of the 2018 and 2016 general elections, which were 7.98% and 4.5%, respectively. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "More than 15,000 primary absentee ballots rejected between Kentucky's two largest counties," 7 July 2020 Kellyanne Conway doesn't think President Trump is to blame for America's mask rejection. TheWeek, "Kellyanne Conway calls out 'local officials' who refuse to wear masks, but gives Trump a pass," 2 July 2020 Witzel and Barbalho have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro’s rejection of quarantine measures to contain spread of the coronavirus. Washington Post, "Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid," 30 June 2020 After the players' latest rejection, owners really have no choice but to agree with the union, writes USA TODAY Sports columnist Bob Nightengale. Editors, USA TODAY, "Rayshard Brooks, Greek islands to reopen, MLB labor dispute: 5 things to know Monday," 16 June 2020 But this fitful rejection of status quo that has punctuated British history has now been allowed to become the norm and, most worrying of all, is being encouraged by certain politicians. Jonathan Myerson, The New York Review of Books, "From Brexit to Covid: A Very British Debacle," 4 May 2020 The rejection of Trump’s claims of presidential immunity marked the latest instance where Trump’s broad assertion of executive power has been rejected. Mark Sherman,, "Supreme Court rules Manhattan DA can obtain Trump’s tax returns, but won’t let Congress see records for now," 9 July 2020 Staton successfully appealed his rejection from his school and began to flourish, the Boston Globe reports. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Student Who Collected Garbage To Pay For College Is Accepted Into Harvard Law," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of rejection

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

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“Rejection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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


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


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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