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

Keep scrolling for more

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

The iterative approach proposed by Martin may be the only approach since an overall plan leaves too many options for rejection. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Houthis explain 'Death to America' slogan, reveal what will bring them to peace talks," 6 Aug. 2018 Most loads had contamination estimated to be in excess of 15 percent, which qualifies for rejection. Stephen Hudak,, "Orange County peering into recycling bins to check for no-nos like greasy pizza boxes, plastic bags," 28 June 2018 The region is home to the country's second-largest Amish population, a community known for rejection of modern conveniences such as cars and electricity, as well as a modest style of dress. Kate Morgan,, "Leaving technology behind on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania," 28 June 2018 However, trying out for clubs or teams can often be a fraught process, as the potential for rejection or exclusion always looms. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The enduring benefits of a no-cut athletic policy," 24 May 2018 Denial factors for Asians were the highest among all groups on DTIs: 28.5 percent of applications had debt levels that lenders cited as reasons for rejections. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "Racial disparities significant in mortgage rejections | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Stubblefield faces several more procedures and will remain on anti-rejection medications for the remainder of her life. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Face transplant gives woman 'second chance' 3 years after suicide attempt," 14 Aug. 2018 Joyette, now an associate director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Cedars-Sinai, has worked in transplant units and seen the development of anti-rejection drugs which improved survival. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "A Sisterhood of Nurses," 11 Aug. 2018 Candidates also have to qualify psychologically — to be able to understand the risks and benefits and stick to their anti-rejection medicine, as well as have a family or other support network. Author: Denise Grady, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Whole again’: Veteran maimed by an IED in Iraq receives a transplanted penis," 25 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rejection.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rejection

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rejection

Statistics for rejection

Last Updated

19 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rejection

The first known use of rejection was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rejection


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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on rejection

What made you want to look up rejection? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!