from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of refusing.
  • n. The opportunity or right to accept or reject something before it is offered elsewhere.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of refusing.
  • n. Depth or point at which well or borehole drilling cannot continue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of refusing; denial of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance.
  • n. The right of taking in preference to others; the choice of taking or refusing; option.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of refusing; denial or rejection of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance.
  • n. The choice of refusing or taking; the right of taking in preference to others; option of buying; preëmption.
  • n. In hydraulic engineering, the resistance of a pile at any point to further driving.
  • n. In mech., the limiting resistance of a female screw or nut to further turning upon the male screw or bolt, and conversely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of refusing
  • n. a message refusing to accept something that is offered


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  • For Israelis, that refusal translates as a denial of any Jewish connection to the land, which in turn means that the conflict is still open.

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  • Fox has repeatedly said that she loves comics, so I wouldn't assume her refusal is automatic.

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  • Mpofu expressed concern over what he labelled the refusal of other media to give the SABC credit for anything.

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  • Prosecutors are severely critical of his leaving the ship before the evacuation was complete, which they describe as a "refusal to do his duty." Top headlines

  • If this refusal is the result of an offended sensibility, you cannot exert yourself too warmly in its consolation; even if it is from pride, it has a just claim to your concessions, since she thinks you have injured it; yet pause before you act, may it not be merely from a confidence of power that loves to tyrannize over its slaves, by playing with their chains? or a lurking spirit of coquetry, that desires to regain the liberty of trifling with some new Sir Sedley Clarendel? or, perhaps, with Sir Sedley himself? '

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  • Such a refusal is entirely within their Constitutional powers.

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  • But viewed more skeptically, or some would say more pragmatically, the operation against Libya represented an intelligence and policy failure that exemplified the long-term refusal of the CIA and MI6 to shut down A. Q. Khan.


  • All those whose reality is shrouded in refusal and denial to see the writing on the wall, will be responsible if they nominate Obama and he loses this election for us, because the whole world knows that this presidency is the Democrat's to lose.

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  • And because refusal is treated as a positive test result, he is now considered guilty of doping and could be barred from professional chess for two years.

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  • Instead, the court said any such right of refusal is “simply a matter of grace” bestowed by the Legislature.

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