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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ri-fyoo-zuh l]
    • /rɪˈfyu zəl/
    • /rɪˈfjuːzl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ri-fyoo-zuh l]
    • /rɪˈfyu zəl/

Definitions of refusal word

  • noun refusal an act or instance of refusing. 1
  • noun refusal priority in refusing or taking something; option. 1
  • noun refusal complete resistance of a driven pile to further driving. 1
  • noun refusal act of refusing 1
  • noun refusal right to acquire 1
  • variable noun refusal Someone's refusal to do something is the fact of them showing or saying that they will not do it, allow it, or accept it. 0

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Origin of refusal

First appearance:

before 1425
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1425-75, refusal is from the late Middle English word refusell. See refuse1, -al2

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Parts of speech for Refusal


refusal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for refusal

noun refusal

  • abnegation — a giving up of rights, etc.; self-denial; renunciation
  • bone to pick — (usually with with) An item of disagreement to complain about or resolve.
  • brush-off — a refusal to talk or listen to someone; abrupt or final dismissal or rebuff.
  • clinker — the ash and partially fused residues from a coal-fired furnace or fire
  • confutation — the act of confuting

Antonyms for refusal

noun refusal

  • accedence — to give consent, approval, or adherence; agree; assent; to accede to a request; to accede to the terms of a contract.
  • acceptance — Acceptance of an offer or a proposal is the act of saying yes to it or agreeing to it.
  • accommodation — Accommodation is used to refer to buildings or rooms where people live or stay.
  • accordance — conformity; agreement; accord (esp in the phrase in accordance with)
  • accreditation — to ascribe or attribute to (usually followed by with): He was accredited with having said it.

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