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English definition of “refusal”

refusal

noun [C or U] uk   /rɪˈfjuː.zəl/ us  
C1 the act of refusing to do or accept something: Our request for permission to travel met with/received a flat/point-blank (= complete) refusal from the authorities. [+ to infinitive] The government's refusal to see that the protection of the environment must be our first priority today is a great tragedy.
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