rejection - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a refusal to accept, approve, or support something

    Their rejection of the peace plan raises the threat of a more general war.

    Approval or rejection of the project is up to the Italian cultural affairs minister.

    an outright rejection of authority

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a refusal to show someone the love or kindness that they need or expect

    Fear of rejection prevents many people from forming close relationships.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the feeling that someone does not love or want you

      Many of the counsellors have themselves experienced failure and rejection as children.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a refusal to accept someone for a job or course of study
    1. a.
      [countable] a letter that tells you that you have not got a job or a place on a course of study
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] medical the failure of someone’s body to accept a new organ in a transplant operation