Definition of refusal
1 : the act of refusing or denying
2 : the opportunity or right of refusing or taking before others
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
Recent Examples of refusal from the Web
The U.S. official, who gave a phone interview on the condition of anonymity, notes that the country’s 2001 refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol strained relationships with other countries, particularly in the buildup to the Iraq War.
Other family members are involved in at least three open probate cases in Texas and a related lawsuit in Calcasieu Parish, which Tribble has cited for his client's refusal to disburse funds from the trust to the waiting foundations.
That right of first refusal by Burns & McDonnell is a nuance on the usual procurement process.
As Scribner feared, the former president wasn’t shy about his feelings on America’s refusal to fight.
Paxman challenged Corbyn’s refusal to denounce the Irish Republican Army and his having met with Hamas officials and suggested the Labour leader would seek to abolish the monarchy if his party triumphed.
Ebba, Tomas' wife, is disappointed by his reaction to the avalanche—but infuriated by Tomas' refusal to admit that his first instinct was to save himself and leave his family behind.
In 90 minutes of back-to-back questioning — the closest the two candidates will get to debates after May’s refusal to share the stage with Corbyn —
First Refusal Microsoft Corp., which uses Nvidia’s graphic chips for its Xbox gaming console, has the right of first refusal to buy the shares if another company tries to take a more than 30 percent stake, Nvidia has said in regulatory filings.
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First Known Use of refusal
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Definition of refusal for English Language Learners
: an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give, or accept something : an act of refusing
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Definition of refusal for Students
: the act of showing unwillingness to do, give, or allow something a refusal to answer questions
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