Etymology
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refusal (n.)

late 15c., refusel, "act of refusing to do something, rejection of anything demanded," from refuse (v.) + -al (2). The sense of "choice of refusing or taking," as in right of first refusal, is by 1570s. The earlier noun was simply refuse (late 14c., from Old French refus), which was common through 16c.

updated on June 15, 2021

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Definitions of refusal from WordNet

refusal (n.)
the act of refusing;
refusal (n.)
a message refusing to accept something that is offered;
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