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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
First recorded in 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
Historical Examples
  • He had never noticed before how objectionably noisy Martin was!

    Left Half Harmon Ralph Henry Barbour
  • However, you will think me objectionably destitute of temperament.

  • "How objectionably direct you are," exclaimed Lambert in a vexed tone.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
  • 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
  • His name was Silas Doring, and Walter found him talkative, although not objectionably so.

    Fighting in Cuban Waters Edward Stratemeyer
  • They were objectionably apologetic about it, and they seemed to think NOW we were going to have a 'good time' to make up for it.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • 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
  • 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
  • Then there are the Greeks who, by the help of Phoenician blood or otherwise, are objectionably strong in the city.

  • He would thereby wound a man whom he admired and display himself in the light of the objectionably fraternal youth.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
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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