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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Tyler's rejection by Hannah was one of things that set off a lot of the events in 13 Reasons Why. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "13 Reasons Why" Star Devin Druid's Girlfriend Annie Marie," 26 Aug. 2019 No one believes Sarepta’s stated reasons for the rejection. Adam Feuerstein,, "FDA rejects Sarepta Therapeutics’ second Duchenne drug," 20 Aug. 2019 The other reason for Unfold's exclusivity rejection is more interesting, from a platform competition standpoint. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Why one PC developer turned down the security of Epic’s exclusivity offer," 19 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit says the reason did not relate to any of the potential options for rejection laid out in the agreement. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Lawsuit: ASU owes $1M for video game that would have replaced business course," 20 June 2019 Because of how naïve the blood is, there is less chance for rejection in a transplant recipient. Ivana Hrynkiw |,, "‘Amazing, life changing’; Cord blood donation program at Brookwood yields 4 life-saving transplants," 14 June 2019 The senators called for a rejection of the Trump administration’s request for additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, and limits on DHS funding for immigrant detention and deportation. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 The committee's approval, and its rejection of Democratic alternatives, sets up a crucial House floor vote on the bill on Monday. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin's pension bill advances out of committee to the House floor for a Monday vote," 20 July 2019 But the forceful display amounted to a rejection of decades of scandals and mismanagement involving affluent and disconnected leaders who have time and again benefited at the expense of suffering Puerto Ricans. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Puerto Ricans in Protests Say They’ve Had Enough," 18 July 2019

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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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