AskDefine | Define rejection

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
2 the state of being rejected [ant: acceptance]
3 (medicine) an immunological response that refuses to accept substances or organisms that are recognized as foreign; "rejection of the transplanted liver"
4 the speech act of rejecting

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  1. The act of rejecting.
  2. The state of being rejected.


the act of rejecting

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

The word "rejection" was first used in 1415. The original meaning was "to throw" or "to throw back".
Rejection may mean:
  • Social rejection, in psychology, an interpersonal situation that occurs when a person or group of people exclude an individual from a social relationship
  • Transplant rejection, in medicine, the immune reaction of a host organism to a foreign biological tissue, such as in a transplantation
  • In telecommunications, rejection is the receiving of the desired signal without interference from another undesired one. See Electronic selectivity
  • In basketball, rejection is a slang term for a block
  • Rejection sampling, in mathematics, a technique used to generate observations from a distribution
  • In zoology, the shunning of one or more animals in a litter
Rejection may also refer to:
rejection in German: Ablehnung
rejection in French: Rejet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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