re·jec·tion | \ri-ˈjek-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for rejection


declination, denial, disallowance, nay, no, nonacceptance, refusal, turndown


allowance, approval, grant, OK (or okay)

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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

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The verdict, reached by the jury after about four hours of deliberations, was a rejection of Neberball’s testimony that he was falsely accused despite the presence of his DNA on the woman’s left breast. Marc Freeman,, "Deputy convicted of attempted rape," 13 July 2018 The point was the rejection of the legal system that had long rejected them. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 The rejection of the Copyright Directive will be a relief to US tech giants, who would have had to incur serious costs to adapt to the ruling. James Vincent, The Verge, "EU sends controversial internet copyright reforms back to the drawing board," 5 July 2018 Surprised to hear this, Grode followed up with a supervisor at the notary association, who thought the rejection was unfounded but advised her to submit a second renewal application in any case. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "Politics Illinois notaries are having a tough go—getting their licenses notarized," 4 July 2018 Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection. Will Bunch,, "(Bleep) civility! 'Trump-shaming' is what happens when elites won't listen to the people | Will Bunch," 26 June 2018 He was only brought on late on in the Juventus win, and this rejection by manager Zinedine Zidane could well have been the final straw for Asensio., "Report Claims Real Madrid's Marco Asensio Has Demanded Transfer With Man City on Red Alert," 5 Apr. 2018 The rejection suffered by Broadcom on Monday is rare but don’t be surprised if the company takes another shot at acquiring Qualcomm, said a Washington D.C. attorney and former Central Intelligence Agency officer. Rob Nikolewski,, "Rejection of Broadcom bid a rarity, but the company may take another stab at Qualcomm," 12 Mar. 2018 International Paper’s bid Tuesday for Irish cardboard box giant Smurfit Kappa earned an initial rejection. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Tax Cuts Fuel Biggest Merger Spree Since 2000," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rejection

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

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re·jec·tion | \ri-ˈjek-shən \

Kids Definition of rejection

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


re·jec·tion | \ri-ˈjek-shən \

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 \

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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