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

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 One of the common fears around reaching out is rejection, Akbari said. Rachel Fadem, CNN, 30 July 2022 Anti-hustle culture is a rejection of the notion that business owners should hustle. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 19 July 2022 That would be a rejection of the booster candidates that Pfizer and Moderna, the two main vaccine developers, have been manufacturing in the expectation that the government would buy doses. New York Times, 28 June 2022 And day-to-day experiences like getting misgendered (which can happen with or without hormones), as well as the large-scale social rejection implied by this legislation, can feel devastating. Wired, 20 July 2022 That resistance ranges from some legislators’ racist rejection of a Spanish-speaking, all-Latino state, to the partisan concern, unacceptable to Republicans, that Puerto Rico would elect Democratic senators and tip the balance of power in Congress. Alberto C. Medina, The New Republic, 20 July 2022 Heartbreak, breakup, despair, infidelity, pain, rejection, love triangle, poor health. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 19 July 2022 Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman's research suggests that the human brain is constantly scanning and assessing the environment for possible signs of rejection and social exclusion. Simi Rayat, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Joe Manchin’s rejection of a compromise climate bill tells a familiar story: Voters and politicians put a higher premium on immediate issues, such as inflation and the economy, giving politicians a pass on global warming. New York Times, 17 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rejection

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

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“Rejection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejection. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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