refusal

noun re·fus·al \ ri-ˈfyü-zəl \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

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

  1. My request for more money was met with a flat refusal.

  2. his flat refusal of our reasonable request was rather startling

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First Known Use of refusal

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REFUSAL Defined for English Language Learners

refusal

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


REFUSAL Defined for Kids

refusal

noun re·fus·al \ ri-ˈfyü-zəl \

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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