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 The topics include setting boundaries, domestic violence, divorce and rejection, to name a few. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 The rejection of the recall — and Elder — shows that a candidate who is too aligned with Trump remains toxic in some areas, both Democratic ones and also current political battlegrounds like formerly Republican Orange County. Nicholas Riccardi, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021 Stay strong, in the face of rejection or ghosting—on the part of the companies. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 But, beyond that, the film’s goal is to show how each student’s involvement in show choir helped to shape them personally to build confidence, manage success and rejection and open doors. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 13 Sep. 2021 Demi is slowly collapsing under the weight of having to handle any of her own emotions or the concept of future rejection. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 7 Sep. 2021 The company’s rejection came in March, and the ensuing publicity set Biogen on its heels. Ed Silverman Reprints, STAT, 22 Aug. 2021 The grief over losing a connection can feel singularly painful, causing kids to wallow in rejection and parents to worry, but there are steps parents can take to ease this very natural, if painful, part of growing up. Michelle Icard, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 All the rejection took its toll on her confidence, but, determined to see Caribu succeed, Tuchman found another channel to raise capital: pitch competitions. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 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 24 Sep. 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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