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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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  • The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
  • The second objection goes to the heart of longstanding controversies within the field, of course.
  • There is the objection that an underwater species might have difficulties fostering technology.
  • The inquiry is in its initial phase, and may not result in a formal investigation, let alone an official objection.
  • Or rather, that the only objection they raised had to do with money, not with privacy.
  • The second objection is that there are diversification benefits to the universal-banking model.
  • The objection that secret tests could go undetected is no longer seriously credible.
  • Rarely, though, is there objection to an entire product category.
  • But there is one major objection to writing in plain text.
  • The main moral objection to war is human casualties.
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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