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[uh b-jek-shuh n] /əbˈdʒɛk ʃən/
a reason or argument offered in disagreement, opposition, refusal, or disapproval.
the act of objecting, opposing, or disputing:
His ideas were open to serious objection.
a ground or cause for objecting.
a feeling of disapproval, dislike, or disagreement.
Origin of objection
1350-1400; Middle English objeccioun (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin objectiōn- (stem of objectiō), equivalent to Latin object(us) (see object) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonobjection, noun
preobjection, noun
superobjection, noun
4. complaint, protest, criticism. Unabridged
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  • On Tuesday, there would be no objection to her going out for a drive.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • Nor is it any objection to her being so, that she is not in all respects a perfect character.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • His wife made no objection; she was ready to go wherever John went.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • I made no objection, and was duly hired for the term of three years.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • After learning that I did not smoke, and had no objection to children, he inquired my nationality.

British Dictionary definitions for objection


an expression, statement, or feeling of opposition or dislike
a cause for such an expression, statement, or feeling
the act of objecting
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Word Origin and History for objection

late 14c., from Old French objeccion "reply, retort" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin obiectionem (nominative obiectio), "a throwing or putting before," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin obicere "to oppose" (see object (n.)).

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