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

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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 Try some positive thinking: his enthusiasm about hanging out with his friends again is not a rejection of you or your relationship. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 16 May 2021 What are the insular, xenophobic chants for ultra-nationalism if not a rejection of the centralized policies, agreements and structures that might govern a comity of nations? Amir Husain, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The irony is that Biden’s rejection of Friedman’s teachings on money, taxes, and spending may bring about the same circumstances that established Friedman’s preeminence. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 8 May 2021 The measure is a rejection of arguments by protesters nationwide that minority communities are suffering from over-policing. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 3 Apr. 2021 The removal of the 50 cents-per-pack increase that was included in the House budget bill is the latest rejection of a cigarette tax hike by Republicans who dominate the Senate. Tom Davies, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2021 Research highlights that a major driver of these mental health problems is rejection of someone’s gender identity. Jack Turban, Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2021 Not only do the sexualities on this show run the gamut; there's a distinct rejection of the gender binary. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2021 Connecticut’s new plan is a rejection of the guidance handed down by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emily Brindley, courant.com, 25 Feb. 2021

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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 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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