What does refusal mean?

Definitions for refusal
rɪˈfyu zəlre·fusal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. refusalnoun

    the act of refusing

  2. refusalnoun

    a message refusing to accept something that is offered


  1. refusalnoun

    The act of refusing.

  2. refusalnoun

    Depth or point at which well or borehole drilling cannot continue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Refusalnoun

    Etymology: from refuse.

    God has born with all his weak and obstinate refusals of grace, and has given him time day after day. John Rogers.

    When employments go a begging for want of hands, they shall be sure to have the refusal. Jonathan Swift.


  1. refusal

    Refusal is the act or instance of declining, rejecting, or expressing a decision, wish, or unwillingness to accept, comply with, undertake, or agree to something. It could involve a certain offer, invitation, order, or command. It can also be the denial of satisfying a request, claim, or demand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refusalnoun

    the act of refusing; denial of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance

  2. Refusalnoun

    the right of taking in preference to others; the choice of taking or refusing; option; as, to give one the refusal of a farm; to have the refusal of an employment


  1. Refusal

    In horse riding, a refusal is the failure of a horse to jump a fence to which he/she is presented. This includes any stop in forward motion. A run-out is when the horse quickly slides past or "ducks out" of a fence instead of jumping it, without stopping forward motion.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'refusal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4659

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'refusal' in Nouns Frequency: #1878

Anagrams for refusal »

  1. fur seal

  2. earfuls

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refusal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refusal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of refusal in a Sentence

  1. Wednesday Abbott:

    President Biden has turned his back on Texans living along the border, and FEMA's refusal to declare a federal emergency at the border puts their health, safety, and property at risk, the State of Texas is appealing this detrimental decision by FEMA because the Biden Administration's refusal to solve the crisis at our border has led to a strain on local, state, and federal resources.

  2. Paul Rudnick:

    There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.

  3. Nozick:

    Only the refusal to listen guarantees one against being ensnared by the truth.

  4. Kathleen Leone:

    I'm not going to sit here and tell you that she should have it, but you know, she's 16, and 16-year-olds do stupid things, in her record it says she was suspended for refusal to take (a drug test), and that's something that could affect her chances getting into a university.

  5. Fran Lebowitz:

    Stand firm in your refusal to remain conscious during algebra. In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra.

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    candy and other sweets considered collectively
    • A. aerial
    • B. purse
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