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refusal

[ ri-fyoo-zuhl ]
/ rɪˈfyu zəl /
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noun
an act or instance of refusing.
priority in refusing or taking something; option.
complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving.
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Origin of refusal

First recorded in 1425–75, refusal is from the late Middle English word refusell.See refuse1, -al2

OTHER WORDS FROM refusal

pre·re·fus·al, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for refusal

refusal
/ (rɪˈfjuːzəl) /

noun
the act or an instance of refusing
the opportunity to reject or accept; option
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