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reject someone or something out of hand

to reject someone or something without any thought or study. Fred is so contrary that they rejected him out of hand when his name came up for a committee position.
See also: hand, of, out, reject

meals rejected by Ethiopians

n. military rations, MRE = meal ready to eat. (Cruelly designated at a time when Ethiopians where starving to death. Implying that not even starving humans would eat MREs. That said, it is also known that such rations have been rejected by hungry people who desire more familiar food.) The reporter was embarrassed to describe the MREs as “meals rejected by Ethiopians.”
See also: by, meal, reject
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Cluster 3 of the US sample contained 10 isomorphic and no rejective means in a cluster of 25 out of 100 questionnaires.
It is significant that the clusters displaying the most systematic opposition are also those most clearly isomorphic or rejective.
The Brazilian data contain a somewhat similar set of isomorphic and rejective clusters, but much less indication of reciprocal opposition.
Cluster 1 has six rejective versus three isomorphic means.
The other two contain five rejective means each, versus four and six isomorphic means respectively.
The oppositional clusters from India and the USA were also strongly isomorphic with or rejective of local cultures, suggesting that reciprocal opposition in the organization cultures studied centred on conformity to or differentiation from national culture.
The modernizing cluster was also the strongly rejective half of the reciprocally opposed clusters (4 and 5) in India and the strongly isomorphic half of the reciprocally opposed clusters (3 and 4) in the USA.
It appears that in both developing countries the modernizing clusters, which were also the most clearly rejective, are quite prominent, indicating strong modernizing forces at work in the organizational cultures.
It is perhaps significant that the smallest rejective cluster was found in the USA--only 13 versus 25 in India and 31 in Brazil.
The rejective acceleration at that point, where the particles move parallel to each other, is perpendicular to their motion and reduced to:
Because multiple tests were performed for each population, corresponding to the number of RFLP markers assayed, appropriate Type I error rates were determined by the sequentially rejective Bonferroni procedure.