Meaning of “refusal” in the English Dictionary

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"refusal" in British English

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refusalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈfjuː.zəl/ us /rɪˈfjuː.zəl/

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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  • He made some fairly damning remarks about the government's refusal to deal with the problem.
  • The University has docked lecturers' pay/wages by 20% because of their refusal to mark exam papers.
  • The government has reiterated its refusal to compromise with terrorists.
  • What do you infer from her refusal?
  • My sister's selling her car and she's offered me first refusal on it.

(Definition of “refusal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refusal" in Business English

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refusalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rɪˈfjuːzəl/ us

the act of saying that you will not do or accept something:

Her request for more money met with a refusal.
refusal to do sth They were frustrated by his refusal to discuss the problem.
refusal of sth Refusal of a suitable alternative job may lead to an employee losing the right to redundancy pay.

(Definition of “refusal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)