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

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With a series of rejections that include Lucie, Arabella, Molly-Mae and Maura, the Scotsman has had to develop some tough skin., "Love Island: Equating Each Romance From the TV Show With a Summer Transfer Saga," 5 July 2019 Like cancer patients, transplant patients are easy prey for infections because their immunity is suppressed by the drugs that prevent organ rejection. The Economist, "Attack of the superbugs: July 2041," 5 July 2019 Federica Zanco, the mysterious historian doling out rejections to the archive while claiming to be working on a catalog of Barragán’s work, seemed to be treating her deceased lover like a hostage. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘The Proposal’ examines a real-life art world provocation with dramatic flair," 4 July 2019 In fact, the judicial response to college misconduct is even more consequential than the Trump administration’s (admirable) rejection of Obama’s guidance. David French, National Review, "Amy Coney Barrett Strikes a Blow against Campus Kangaroo Courts," 2 July 2019 Schedule an email to send later In charge of sending rejection emails at 8 p.m. but have to get home in time to watch The Bachelorette finale? Currie Engel, Time, "10 Can't-Miss Gmail Tips and Tricks That Will Change the Way You Email," 2 July 2019 Local and regional government leaders have said they were stung and angered by OHS hearing officer Micheala Mitchell’s June 10 recommended rejection of expanded heart care at the for-profit Manchester hospital. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester hospital appeals state’s denial of cardiac care expansion," 1 July 2019 Addressing his Cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the economic plan and criticized the Palestinians' rejection and arrest of Abu Mayala. NBC News, "Palestinians release businessman who attended U.S. peace conference," 30 June 2019 Priscilla Roberts' rejection of her parents' involvement in a controversial group is revisited in People Magazine Investigates: Cults In the mid-1970s, reports of a fanatical religious sect known as The Move began to reach the mainstream. Jeff Truesdell,, "Survivor of Religious Cult Known as The Move: 'I Was Fighting Against Becoming One of Them'," 28 June 2019

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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 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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