refusal

noun
re·​fus·​al | \ ri-ˈfyü-zəl How to pronounce refusal (audio) \

Definition of refusal

1 : the act of refusing or denying
2 : the opportunity or right of refusing or taking before others

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Examples of refusal in a Sentence

My request for more money was met with a flat refusal. his flat refusal of our reasonable request was rather startling

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The head of the TUC, an umbrella organization for labor unions, put the blame squarely at May’s door, saying her refusal to rule out that Britain would not leave the EU without a deal on trade relations has put thousands of jobs in jeopardy. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Honda to shut plant in Brexit-shaken Britain," 20 Feb. 2019 To this day, though, Elizabeth's love for her father remains clear in her refusal to celebrate the anniversary of her first day as Queen. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Musk's abrasive management style and his refusal to listen to subordinates' concerns has likely contributed to high turnover among senior Tesla managers. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Tesla is outgrowing Elon Musk," 29 Sep. 2018 But the fact that stricter standards are being considered at all is testament to Mr. Gold’s conviction that actuarial science was broken, and his refusal to stop saying so. Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 His refusals substantially delayed this Office's investigation. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 July 2018 Prosecutors also note that Manafort knew his refusal to let the Virginia bank and tax fraud charges be combined with the D.C. case would likely lead to this schedule. Rachel Weiner, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Manafort to be moved from jail where prosecutors say he has 'VIP' treatment," 11 July 2018 But the harm from their refusal to vote is just beginning. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "Non-voting blacks helped push Kavanaugh to Supreme Court | Solomon Jones," 11 July 2018 His walk carries more self-assuredness than Tom Brady and his refusal to accept there could be anyone better smacks of Conor McGregor. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why Cristiano Ronaldo is the most arrogant athlete in sports," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of refusal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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refusal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of refusal

: an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give, or accept something : an act of refusing

refusal

noun
re·​fus·​al | \ ri-ˈfyü-zəl How to pronounce refusal (audio) \

Kids Definition of refusal

: the act of showing unwillingness to do, give, or allow something a refusal to answer questions

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