Origin of refusal
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Examples from the Web for refusal
He was pinned to the cement for his refusal to go along with an arrest for selling loose cigarettes.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner
December 8, 2014
The alliance between America and rebel forces has been strained by the U.S. refusal to directly attack the Assad regime.Al Qaeda Makes a Play for the U.S. Allies the War Against ISIS Depends On
September 29, 2014
Their refusal leads the officer to shoot one of the boys to death.A Brief History of the Phrase 'F*ck the Police'
August 23, 2014
The refusal to compromise is a watchword of their candidates who wear it as a badge of pride.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
It was her flaws, her failures, her struggles with her weight and her self-esteem, and her refusal to be shamed by them.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
It was this refusal which made Halbert discontented and unhappy.Brave and Bold
What have you to do to oblige him with your refusal of Mr. Solmes?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Garson shook his head in refusal, but there was no conviction in the act.
The man met her pleading eyes steadily, and shook his head in refusal.
I didn't think it necessary to correct him as to my refusal of the Earl.The Bacillus of Beauty
- the act or an instance of refusing
- the opportunity to reject or accept; option
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Word Origin and History for refusal
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