refusal

noun

re·​fus·​al ri-ˈfyü-zəl How to pronounce refusal (audio)
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 on the Web The Israeli prime minister has also frustrated the White House with his refusal to grapple with serious discussions about a postwar scenario. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 His refusal to answer the questions directly, or in some cases, at all, severely compromised his credibility. Graham Kates, CBS News, 16 Feb. 2024 Mayorkas, 64, now faces two charges from the House: willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and breach of public trust. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 House Homeland Security Chair Mark Green (R-Tenn.) unveiled the two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas last month, accusing him of systemic refusal to comply with the law and breach of public trust. Sara Dorn, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Kelly’s critics derided his refusal to fully embrace the importance of name, image and likeness endeavors, not to mention high school recruiting, though Kelly continued to recruit until shortly before his departure. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 His mixed record on core generational issues, including student debt forgiveness and climate change, has tampered their enthusiasm, as has his refusal or inability to curb Israel’s massively deadly counter-attacks on Gaza. Eric Klinenberg, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, Nizar Doar said his son blamed the attack on President Joe Biden and his refusal to demand a ceasefire in Gaza. Dakin Andone, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Not for the first time in his career, Musk had made things worse for himself by his refusal to acknowledge obligations laid down, one way or another, by the law. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of refusal was in the 15th century

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“Refusal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refusal. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

refusal

noun
re·​fus·​al ri-ˈfyü-zəl How to pronounce refusal (audio)
1
: the act of refusing or denying
2
: the opportunity or right of refusing or taking (as a purchase) before others

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