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 Shannon wouldn’t compromise her feelings, which ended with her rejection of the very first invitation to spend the night in the fantasy suite. Mary Colurso |, al, "‘The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons’ Episode 5 | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 6 July 2020 Historians said the wholesale rejection of Confederate iconography by Virginia schools is unprecedented. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Virginia schools quickly drop Confederate names, this time ignoring calls to preserve ‘history’," 6 July 2020 Pembroke is an overt, physical rejection of Black community members being allowed the space to voice their needs. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Reckoning With Anti-Blackness in Indian Country," 3 July 2020 Mori is a teenager who has already been leveled by tragedy: the loss of a twin sister, the violent rejection of a mother. Wired Staff, Wired, "WIRED’s Ultimate Summer Reading List," 2 July 2020 Stanczyk finds that the remaining fish have become so educated, so hyper-aware that anything short of ninja-level stealth is usually meet with prompt rejection. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, "Legendary Advice on Fishing the Florida Keys," 2 July 2020 Ethan Lauesen will create a solo show promoting healing around the themes of belonging and rejection in Indigenous culture through his prints that explore Alaska Native and LGBTQ+ identity using Tlingit formline images and figurative distortions. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, "Rasmuson Foundation announces 2020 award winners, gives top honor to Tlingit carver Wayne Price," 2 July 2020 Within days of the album's release, the song went viral across the internet, its celebration of dark skin — a blatant rejection of a rampant culture of colourism —resonating with Black people all over the world. Ineye Komonibo,, "Blue Ivy, The Only Human Allowed To Outshine Beyoncé, Made History At The BET Awards," 30 June 2020 On the one hand, anxiously attached individuals anticipate rejection from others. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "Unraveling the Mindset of Victimhood," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of rejection

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

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“Rejection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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