refusal

[ri-fyoo-zuh l]

noun

an act or instance of refusing.
priority in refusing or taking something; option.
complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving.

Nearby words

  1. refund annuity,
  2. refundable,
  3. refurb,
  4. refurbish,
  5. refurbishment,
  6. refuse,
  7. refusenik,
  8. refusion,
  9. refutation,
  10. refutative

Origin of refusal

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

Related formspre·re·fus·al, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for refusal

refusal

noun

the act or an instance of refusing
the opportunity to reject or accept; option
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Word Origin and History for refusal

refusal

n.

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

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