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[uh b-jek-shuh-nuh-buh l] /əbˈdʒɛk ʃə nə bəl/
causing or tending to cause an objection, disapproval, or protest.
offending good taste, manners, etiquette, propriety, etc.; offensive:
objectionable behavior.
Origin of objectionable
1775-85; objection + -able
Related forms
objectionability, objectionableness, noun
objectionably, adverb
superobjectionable, adjective
superobjectionably, adverb
unobjectionable, adjective
2. unacceptable, offensive, vile, odious. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for objectionably
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  • Then there are the Greeks who, by the help of Phoenician blood or otherwise, are objectionably strong in the city.

  • He had never noticed before how objectionably noisy Martin was!

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He had got on so well with the mamma, who was this old maid, who appeared so objectionably on the alert?

    Bluebell Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
  • They were objectionably burly and red in the face; they wore an offensive number of buttons and straps upon their uniforms.

    A Voyage of Consolation Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • Ben had been very angry, unreasonably angry, she had thought at the time, and objectionably rude in his manner.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
  • His name was Silas Doring, and Walter found him talkative, although not objectionably so.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • "How objectionably direct you are," exclaimed Lambert in a vexed tone.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • He was an elderly man with white hair and whiskers, together with what I thought were objectionably brusque manners.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • However, you will think me objectionably destitute of temperament.

  • I have missed a long line of spring peas through his ravages, and he has objectionably decorated many places about my own home.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
British Dictionary definitions for objectionably


unpleasant, offensive, or repugnant
Derived Forms
objectionability, objectionableness, noun
objectionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for objectionably



1781, from objection + -able. Related: Objectionably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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