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Can I reject specific emails? I don't want to just block the address. I want to reject a specific email address and have a rejection notification automatically sent.

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edit and mention which email service you're using. Flag for reopening once done – Sathya Apr 26 '13 at 3:25
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As of September, 2015, you can now easily block specific email addresses without having to create a filter.

One of the options in the extended menu is now "Block {sender}". This will cause any new messages from that address to be marked as spam. It does not, however, send a message back to the sender.

You can review the list of addresses you're blocking in Settings under the renamed "Filters and Blocked Addresses". (This is where you'd unblock an address as well.)

More information:

If you want (need) a bounce message to be sent, you'll need to involve a third-party service, such as Block Sender for Gmail™. See also:

If you just want a "normal" message to go back to the sender, then you can use a combination of canned responses and filters. Simply create a filter on the target address (from:myexfromtexas@example.com) and have the action on the filter delete the message and reply with a canned response. ("Please stop emailing me.")

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According to Google Support as of March 2013:

Blocking mail from certain senders
you can't currently block messages from specific addresses or domains This means that, as your email provider, gmail does not currently support blacklisting, which would allow for an error message to be sent to the sender saying that the message had been refused.

You can, however, simulate such a message and delete the email using filters with canned responses, but this will not stop emails from the originating address from ever entering your system.

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This answer is obsolete. Gmail added the block sender feature in September 2015. See gmail.googleblog.com/2015/09/… – Rubén Apr 13 at 11:29

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