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refusal

[ri-fyoo-zuh l] /rɪˈfyu zəl/
noun
1.
an act or instance of refusing.
2.
priority in refusing or taking something; option.
3.
complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English refusell. See refuse1, -al2
Related forms
prerefusal, noun
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refusal

/rɪˈfjuːzəl/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of refusing
2.
the opportunity to reject or accept; option
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Word Origin and History for prerefusal

refusal

n.

late 15c., from refuse + -al (2).

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