[ ri-fyoo-zuh l ]
/ rɪˈfyu zəl /


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

Origin of refusal

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

Related forms

pre·re·fus·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refusal


/ (rɪˈfjuːzəl) /


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