[verb ri-jekt; noun ree-jekt]
- to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
- to refuse to grant (a request, demand, etc.).
- to refuse to accept (someone or something); rebuff: The other children rejected him. The publisher rejected the author's latest novel.
- to discard as useless or unsatisfactory: The mind rejects painful memories.
- to cast out or eject; vomit.
- to cast out or off.
- Medicine/Medical. (of a human or other animal) to have an immunological reaction against (a transplanted organ or grafted tissue): If tissue types are not matched properly, a patient undergoing a transplant will reject the graft.
- something rejected, as an imperfect article.
Origin of reject
1485–95; (v.) < Latin rējectus, past participle of rējicere to throw back, equivalent to re- re- + jec-, combining form of jacere to throw + -tus past participle suffix
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1. See refuse1. 1, 2. deny. 3. repel, renounce. 4. eliminate, jettison. 8. second.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- to refuse to accept, acknowledge, use, believe, etc
- to throw out as useless or worthless; discard
- to rebuff (a person)
- (of an organism) to fail to accept (a foreign tissue graft or organ transplant) because of immunological incompatibility
- something rejected as imperfect, unsatisfactory, or useless
C15: from Latin rēicere to throw back, from re- + jacere to hurl
Word Origin and History for rejective
1550s, "a castaway" (rare), from reject (v.). Modern use probably a re-formation of the same word: "thing cast aside as unsatisfactory" (1893); "person considered low-quality and worthless" (1925, from use in militaries).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or use something.
- To discard as defective or useless; throw away.
- To spit out or vomit.
- To resist immunologically introduction of a transplanted organ or tissue; fail to accept in one's body.
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