Definition of refusal in English:


Line breaks: re|fusal
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfjuːz(ə)l


[usually with infinitive]
  • 1An act of refusing to do something: he became tired of his friend’s refusal to see him
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    • 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.
    withholding, failure to grant, denial, veto, turndown
    informal the thumbs down
  • 1.1An expression of unwillingness to accept or grant an offer or request: an appeal against the refusal of a licence
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    • In any event there was a long delay between him learning of this appeal and his refusal of the offer of employment.
    • But members of the town council's planning sub-committee voted to recommend refusal of planning permission.
    • In his report to the board, Mr Moore recommended refusal of the application.
    non-acceptance, no, dissent, demurral, negation, rebuff, turndown; regrets
    informal knock-back, brush-off
    rare declinature
  • 1.2An instance of a horse stopping short or running aside at a jump: Dollar Girl hit several fences and had a refusal
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    • At this level the riders are not timed, but penalties are awarded for faults such as refusal to jump or knocking down a fence.
    • It took a lot of concentration to be able to maneuver your horse correctly and get it to jump all 3 jumps without refusals, knockdowns or passing the fence.

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