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American English: /rəˈfjuzəl/
British English: /rɪˈfjuːz(ə)l/

Translation of refusal in Spanish:


  • 1 (of permission, request)
    (to do something) negativa (feminine)
    you are allowed two refusals
    puedes negarte dos veces
    I was surprised by his refusal of my offer
    me sorprendió que no aceptara or que rechazara mi oferta
    his refusal to cooperate
    su negativa a cooperar
    el hecho de que se niegue ( or se negara etc. ) a cooperar
    our proposal/offer met with a flat refusal
    rechazaron de plano nuestra propuesta/oferta
    to give somebody first refusal
    darle a alguien la primera opción (de compra)
    can I have first refusal?
    ¿me lo ofrece primero a mí?
    ¿me da la primera opción?
    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.
  • 2 (Riding)
    Example sentences
    • 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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