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tr.v. re·ject·ed, re·ject·ing, re·jects
a. To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or make use of: He rejected their version of what happened. The store rejected the merchandise because it was damaged. See Synonyms at refuse1.
b. To refuse to consider or grant; deny: The manager rejected all requests for time off. The college rejected the student's application.
a. To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.
b. To refuse to accept (someone) as a lover, spouse, or friend; rebuff.
c. To refuse to give sufficient parental affection or care to (a child or young animal).
3. To spit out or vomit: The baby rejected the medicine.
4. Medicine To react to the introduction of (a transplanted organ or tissue) with a destructive immune response; fail to accept as part of one's own body.
n. (rē′jĕkt)
1. One that has been rejected: a reject from the varsity team; a tire that is a reject.
2. Slang A foolish or socially inept person.

[Middle English rejecten, from Latin rēicere, rēiect- : re-, re- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]

re·ject′er, re·jec′tor n.
re·jec′tion (-jĕk′shən) adj.
re·jec′tive adj.
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Adj.1.rejective - rejecting or tending to reject; "rejective or overcritical attitudes of disappointed parents"
acceptive - inclined to accept rather than reject; "she was seldom acceptive of my suggestions"
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A dose dependent increase in the rejective behaviors was observed in the females treated with the extract: the difference both in the number of the behaviors and in the percentage of rats exhibiting this effect was found statistically significant in comparison with vehicle group after the administration of the highest dose of the extract (p <0.05) (Table 1).
Similar results were observed in the simultaneous hermaphrodite snail Physa heterostropha: snails recently inseminated with allosperm exhibited "rejective behavior" when mounted by a second potential sperm donor (Wethington and Dillon, 1996).
Such desirable unified formulation would continuously relate to each other the irregularity parameters of a pole (electromagnetism), a non-contact cluster (gravity), a contact-range cluster (strong force), a cluster-to-pole (weak force), and other yet unknown interactions such as rejective gravity.
A sequentially rejective Bonferroni procedure (Holm, 1979) was used to obtain appropriate type-I error probabilities.
The sequentially rejective Bonferroni procedure was used to ascertain a type I error rate P [is less than] 0.05.
A simple sequentially rejective Bonferroni test procedure.
Because multiple tests were performed (corresponding to the number of RIL), appropriate Type I error rates were determined by the sequentially rejective Bonferroni procedure described by Holm (1979).
Holm, S., 1979, "A Simple Sequentially Rejective Multiple Test Procedure," Scandinavian Journal of Statistics 6, 65-70.
The churches in Europe were deeply rejective to independent thinking and scientific inventions.