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refusal

[ri-fyoo-zuh l] /rɪˈfyu zəl/
noun
1.
an act or instance of refusing.
2.
priority in refusing or taking something; option.
3.
complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving.
Origin of refusal
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75, refusal is from the late Middle English word refusell. See refuse1, -al2
Related forms
prerefusal, noun
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  • It was this refusal which made Halbert discontented and unhappy.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • What have you to do to oblige him with your refusal of Mr. Solmes?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Garson shook his head in refusal, but there was no conviction in the act.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The man met her pleading eyes steadily, and shook his head in refusal.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I didn't think it necessary to correct him as to my refusal of the Earl.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for refusal

refusal

/rɪˈfjuːzəl/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of refusing
2.
the opportunity to reject or accept; option
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Word Origin and History for refusal
n.

late 15c., from refuse + -al (2).

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