noun[usually with infinitive]
- 1An act or an instance of refusing; the state of being refused.More example sentences
- In the past, refusal to serve in the military could carry prison sentences of up to five years.
- One of the weaknesses of the mass storage industry is a stubborn refusal to learn from history.
- They also expressed dismay at the Israeli government's continued refusal to restart the peace process.
- 1.1 see first refusal.