refusal - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. 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.

    1. a.
      the act of refusing to accept something that someone offers you
      refusal of:

      the union’s refusal of a new contract

    2. 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.