noun Date: 15th century 1. the act of refusing or denying 2. the opportunity or right of refusing or taking before others

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  • refusal — re‧fus‧al [rɪˈfjuːzl] noun give/​offer someone first refusal to let someone be the first to decide whether they want to buy something you are selling before you offer it to other people: • If you ever sell the business I d like to be offered… …   Financial and business terms

  • refusal — I noun abjuration, abnegation, ban, debarment, declination, declinature, defiance, denial, disallowance, disapprobation, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, discountenance, enjoinment, exclusion, incompliance, interdiction, negation, negative… …   Law dictionary

  • Refusal — Re*fus al ( al), n. 1. The act of refusing; denial of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance. [1913 Webster] Do they not seek occasion of new quarrels, On my refusal, to distress me more? Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The right of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refusal — late 15c., from REFUSE (Cf. refuse) + AL (Cf. al) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • refusal — [n] denial of responsibility; unwillingness abnegation, ban, choice, cold shoulder*, declension, declination, defiance, disallowance, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, discountenancing, disfavor, dissent, enjoinment, exclusion, forbidding,… …   New thesaurus

  • refusal — [ri fyo͞o′zəl] n. 1. the act of refusing 2. the right or chance to accept or refuse something before it is offered to another; option …   English World dictionary

  • refusal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, adamant, blank (BrE), blunt, complete, flat, outright, point blank, utter ▪ the panel …   Collocations dictionary

  • refusal — n. 1) an adamant, curt, flat, outright, point blank, unyielding refusal 2) a first refusal (BE; CE has first option) 3) a refusal to + inf. (I could not comprehend her refusal to help) 4) (misc.) to meet with a refusal * * * [rɪ fjuːz(ə)l] curt… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Refusal — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Refusal >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 refusal refusal rejection Sgm: N 1 noncompliance noncompliance incompliance Sgm: N 1 denial denial Sgm: N 1 declining declining &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 declens …   English dictionary for students

  • refusal */*/ — UK [rɪˈfjuːz(ə)l] / US [rɪˈfjuz(ə)l] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms refusal : singular refusal plural refusals the act of refusing to do something She gave a firm refusal. refusal to do something: The protesters considered several… …   English dictionary

  • refusal — re|fus|al [ rı fjuzl ] noun count or uncount ** the act of refusing to do something: She gave a firm refusal. refusal to do something: The protesters considered several options, including a refusal to pay taxes. a. the act of refusing to accept… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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