a procedure whereby a party asserts that a particular witness,
line of questioning, piece of evidence, or other matter is improper and should not be continued, and asks
the court to rule on its impropriety or illegality. A timely objection on the record,
stating the grounds thereof, must be made to evidence rulings admitting or excluding evidence if the ruling is to be challenged later on
appeal. This is necessary to preserve the point on appeal. As to other rulings or orders entered by a
trial court, the failure to object will not prejudice a party's right to
challenge on appeal the action taken if he or she had no opportunity to object.
See also challenge; motion [MOTION IN LIMINE].
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016