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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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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Machine learning powers everything from Face ID to palm rejection to Siri searches. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iPhone XS and XS Max review: Big screens, big performance, big lenses, big prices," 1 Oct. 2018 Our bodies are already considered political statements, and declaring our beauty as normal — exceptional, even — is a rejection of Western Eurocentric standards, as well as the male gaze. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "White People Need to Learn How to Appreciate a Different Culture Without Appropriating It," 23 Aug. 2018 Johnson knows his chances to stick with a team are dwindling, and that any rejection could be his last from the NBA. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "His NBA chances dwindling, ex-UNC star Brice Johnson only wants 1 thing from Hornets," 2 July 2018 Image A similar rejection of the status quo is making Brazil’s coming presidential contest the most unpredictable and splintered in recent history. New York Times, "Mexico Delivers Another Defeat to the Status Quo in Latin America," 2 July 2018 The rejection was not unexpected given that McDonald's management had recommended against it. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "McDonald's shareholders vote against plastic straw study," 24 May 2018 Al-Sadr’s electoral victory is indicative of the Iraqi people’s rejection of self-serving Western intervention in the country. James Muldoon, Time, "Iraq Just Got Its Own Version of Donald Trump," 21 May 2018 If the overriding goal is education, rejection can be a hard and valuable lesson. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Entering the NBA draft shouldn't mean losing NCAA eligibility | Tim Sullivan," 5 Apr. 2018 Gay activists in Russia continue to protest violations of free speech and expression — last week, approximately two dozen activists were detained in St. Petersburg for protesting the city’s rejection of their request to hold a gay pride event. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "A Russian Teen Was Reportedly Arrested for "Gay Propaganda"," 16 Aug. 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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