refusal


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refusal

noun abjuration, abnegation, ban, debarment, declination, declinature, defiance, denial, disallowance, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, enjoinment, exclusion, incompliance, interdiction, negation, negative answer, nonacceptance, noncompliance, nonconsent, prohibition, proscription, rebuff, rejection, renouncement, renunciation, repudiation, repulse, resistance, unwillingness, veto
Associated concepts: refusal to answer, refusal to bargain, refusal to proceed, refusal to testify, right of first refusal
Foreign phrases: Reprobata pecunia liberat solventem.Money refused releases the debtor.
See also: bar, declination, disapproval, disclaimer, exclusion, negation, noncompliance, nonobservance, obstruction, ostracism, prohibition, rebuff, rejection, renunciation, repudiation, resistance

REFUSAL. The act of declining to receive or to do something.
     2. A grantee may refuse a title, vide Assent; one appointed executor may refuse to act as such. la some cases, a neglect to perform a duty which the party is required by law or his agreement to do, will amount to a refusal.

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And after the money consideration, strong in the heart of the Russian was the desire for revenge, which had been growing with constant brooding over the failures and miseries of his life, which he attributed to Tarzan; the latest, and by no means the least, of which was Ajax's refusal to longer earn money for him.
If what I have hitherto said can appear to you in the form of encouragement, I know not how to express my refusal in such a way as to convince you of its being one.
Hearing of your refusal to obey her she looked upon it as a declaration of war, and as she considers you a man of superior talent, and consequently dangerous, she desired me to make sure of you; that is the reason of your being shut up in the Bastile.
Hunt gave them a flat refusal, and threatened, if they or any of their tribes followed him with similar demands, to treat them as enemies.
Her refusal, though unexpected, did not permanently daunt Clare.
Manson Mingott, had been unable to defend her refusal to return to her husband.
But that she must and should retract was instantly the eager cry of both the Thorpes; they must go to Clifton tomorrow, they would not go without her, it would be nothing to put off a mere walk for one day longer, and they would not hear of a refusal.
I think perhaps I should have made a show of the indignation I really felt, and I am sure that Colonel MacAndrew at least would have thought well of me if I had been able to report my stout refusal to sit at the same table with a man of such character.
Lawson was fond of Philip and, as soon as he thought he was seriously distressed by the refusal of his picture, he set himself to console him.
That evening, proud of Dolokhov's proposal, her refusal, and her explanation with Nicholas, Sonya twirled about before she left home so that the maid could hardly get her hair plaited, and she was transparently radiant with impulsive joy.
an umbrella will do you no harm at any rate,' he replied, with a smile that showed he was not offended; as a man of worse temper or less penetration would have been at such a refusal of his aid.
And it had, in those dreams, always been very romantic and beautiful: and the "some one" was to be very handsome and dark-eyed and distinguished-looking and eloquent, whether he were Prince Charming to be enraptured with "yes," or one to whom a regretful, beautifully worded, but hopeless refusal must be given.