an act or instance of refusing.
priority in refusing or taking something; option.
complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving.

1425–75; late Middle English refusell. See refuse1, -al2

prerefusal, noun Unabridged
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refusal (rɪˈfjuːzəl)
1.  the act or an instance of refusing
2.  the opportunity to reject or accept; option

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Example sentences
It's a refusal to accept new ideas in science as well.
Witness their refusal to discuss the scientific arguments of global warming
It also explains red and blue shifts, as the continuing refusal of light to
  align with anything other than its own reality.
Her refusal to cave to the dictators has translated her life into a banner for
  human rights everywhere.
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