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As a verb, to take exception to something; to declare or express the belief that something is improper or illegal.As a noun, the thing sought to be accomplished or attained; aim; purpose; intention.

One might, for example, object to the admission of particular evidence at a trial.

The object of a civil suit, for example, might be to be compensated in the form of damages for an injury incurred.

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1) v. to ask the court not to allow a particular question asked of a witness by the opposing lawyer on the basis that it is either legally not permitted or in its wording is confusing or improper in its "form." An attorney may also object to an answer on the basis that it is not "responsive," to the question, on the basis a witness is limited to answering a question and is not allowed to make unsolicited comments. The trial attorney must be alert and quick in order to object before the witness answers. This is called an "objection" and must be based on a specific list of legal restrictions on questions. 2) n. a particular thing. 3) n. an aim or purpose, as "the object of the contract..." (See: objection)

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Racially preferential immigration policies are wrong, not necessarily because they objectionably harm the prospective immigrants who are the policies' ostensible target, but because they objectionably harm current members of the state.
Thus, by setting the threshold for unavailability of the superior orders defense exceedingly high, the manifest illegality standard may objectionably allow subordinates who make unreasonable mistakes in situational judgment to rely upon the superior orders defense.
This incident reinforced the simmering uneasiness of many in Singapore with the "PRC scholars" that has built up in the past decade or so thanks to several similar cases involving scholars behaving objectionably (Zhu 2012).
Elsewhere Kass remarks, 'Man is partly defined by his origins; to be bound up with parents, siblings, ancestors, is part of what we mean by "human" [19] so that when people are foreseeably created without a genetic link to those who will take care of them, then they are objectionably treated as inhuman.
This way of stating their argument seems remarkably incapable of restatement in a manner that is not objectionably circular nor one which does not require an independent argument for God's necessary existence.
Monroe County Board of Education, which involved the sexual harassment of a fifth-grade girl, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can be held financially liable if they are "deliberately indifferent to known acts of student-on-student harassment and the harasser is under the school's authority," so long as the action is "so severe, pervasive, and objectionably offensive" that it can deprive the victims of educational opportunities or benefits.
The problem is that Romania's evolution shows that we objectionably neglect exactly what we say that we want to do, namely to have an army compatible in all respects with the Allied Armies.
This speed allows you to shoot longer exposures before stars become objectionably long trails while also not contributing much blur to the foreground.
Some, however, see such editorial extravagance as dubious prescriptive overkill that objectionably blurs the line between authentic and spurious.
Others point to the fact that Khuzami is a cochair of the FFETF Securities and Commodities Working Group and director of enforcement for the SEC-which has been roundly criticized for filing cases that are settled for what many, including at least one court, find to be objectionably small amounts.
When the commission returned to the room and took its vote, denying the objection and pointing out that its jurisdiction did not allow an inquiry or investigation in such matters, on the advice of counsel, these people loudly, pointedly, and objectionably, pointed fingers and threatened members of the commission, accusing them of being "traitors," "enemies of the Constitution," and, in one case, stating that "you had better not show your face in Laconia, New Hampshire, without a mask on, or you will be in danger."
It can become a little gruff on occasion but the noise is never objectionably intrusive and probably well worth enduring for the economic benefits the unit offers.