refusal


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 something that someone offers you:
refusal of: the union's refusal of a new contract
b. the act of refusing to let someone have or do something:
refusal of: Jordan said he was surprised at the council's refusal of the planning application.
give someone (the right of) first refusal
to give someone the opportunity to buy or accept something before it is offered to anyone else

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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


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