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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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He did agree with the objectors that the question to be printed on the ballot must read simply "Shall the city election law be rejected?" That is the language called for by state law.
In an essay written to accompany the play, Mears states: "To read some of the accounts of conscientious objectors being grilled and investigated by their Local Tribunals (once conscription had been brought in, in 1916), to assess whether their conscientious objection was genuine and whether therefore they might be exempted from military service, would provoke laughter and derision were the accounts not true.
In the First World War, conscientious objectors were assessed by a local tribunal, which rarely granted absolute exemption, instead enlisting them in the Army, including the Non-Combatant Corps, where many disobeyed orders and ended up in prison.
But it isn't just the mess that is annoying residents, with objectors also complaining of rowdy youths.
Conscientious objectors refuse to provide a service because the provision of this service contradicts the very core of their human existence, not because they disagree with the law, favor the life of the fetus or disagree with a woman's decision.
There were 16,000 registered conscientious objectors, compared to eight million men in the armed forces.
Aled Eirug said: "As we mark the centenary of the First World War in Wales, and given the tendency to concentrate on the soldiers, in this lecture I will focus on those who opposed the War throughout Wales and especially on the over 800 conscientious objectors. While it's important to remember the soldiers who lost their lives in the War, it is also important to remember that there was a significant minority who chose another path which was difficult and often unpopular."
Many Americans openly scorned conscientious objectors, calling them "conchies." Others were harsher, using the terms "yellowbellies" or "skunks," and even threatening them with violence.
Not one of the objectors suggested that the bar itself was inappropriate or in the wrong place but, rather, that a building which was constructed in pink sandstone to complement its neighbours should receive a colour scheme that clashes.
Now the objectors, refusing to accept defeat, are to take their fight to the European Commission for Environmental Assessment.The dispute over plans for Prudhoe has been running since 2006.
The only ones who actually live in the area are three residents of Kelvin Grove, which is the only street the objectors have ever been concerned with.
Another sort of divide, between patriots and conscientious objectors, has received less attention from historians.