Refusal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈfjuːzl|  American pronunciation of the word refusal
Brit.  |rɪˈfjuːz(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word refusal


- the act of refusing
- a message refusing to accept something that is offered


My request for more money was met with a flat refusal.

...his flat refusal of our reasonable request was rather startling...

I could not comprehend her refusal to help.

His refusal to pay the fine got him into even more trouble.

His request was met with a blunt refusal.

They couldn't understand her refusal of a scholarship to Yale.

Our request for permission to travel met with refusal from the authorities.

a callous refusal to help the poor

...a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally...

...the obdurate refusal of the crotchety old man to let the neighborhood kids retrieve their stray ball from his backyard...

I admire his stubborn refusal.

...a fever's refusal to respond to antibiotics is symptomatic of a viral infection... polite request was met with an unceremonious refusal...

His refusal blitzed all our plans.

So, your answer just adds up to a refusal.

Word forms

singular: refusal
plural: refusals
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