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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In fact, family rejection of LGBTQ youth has been linked to all kinds of negative health outcomes. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Zion Wade Celebrated LGBTQ Pride With His Whole Family," 8 Apr. 2019 With Friday’s rejection of the deal Mrs. May negotiated with the EU for Britain’s orderly departure, Brexit outcomes that once seemed radical become more likely. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "May’s Brexit Deal Is Rejected for a Third Time by Lawmakers," 29 Mar. 2019 Inside the Crayon is Apple Pencil technology, including palm rejection and tilt recognition. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Logitech’s Apple Pencil alternative arrives for all on September 12," 6 Sep. 2018 In 2017, a federal appeals court ordered the SEC to review its decision again, which ultimately led to Wednesday’s rejection. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "SEC Rejects Capital Plan by Options Clearinghouse," 13 Feb. 2019 Fernando Mendez, a geneticist, and his colleague Carlos Bustamante of Stanford University reported that one of the notable differences between the human and Neanderthal Y chromosomes lies in a gene linked to transplant rejection. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 2018 Working with President Obama on climate change played a key role in Xi’s work on global warming, but since Obama left office Xi has responded to Trump’s rejection of the issue by doubling down. Justin Worland, Time, "How China Could Use 'America First' to Its Advantage," 28 Mar. 2018 Senate Republicans were right not to yield to Walker's imperious rejection of an important tradition that has served election districts and Alaska well over the years. Paul Jenkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Walker needs to remember the vacant Mat-Su Senate seat belongs to citizens," 16 Feb. 2018 However, as a daily ritual for high-school students, all-or-nothing digital abstinence enforced by an authority figure seems destined to backfire, possibly leading to rejection—or even worse, a legal complaint. Marcel O’gorman, The Atlantic, "The Case for Locking Up Your Smartphone," 2 Feb. 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 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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