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[ noun ] the act of refusing

Used in print

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

O_'_Banion 's reply was a raucous laugh and a flat refusal .

(U.S. Reports. Volume 364. Cases Adjudged in the...)

This is a prosecution for refusal to be inducted into the armed_services , in violation of the provisions of the Universal_Military_Training_and_Service_Act , 62_Stat._604_,_622_,_50_U._S._C._App._462_(_a ) .

(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)

We may say that his attitude was foolish , since he may have been a success had he learned some human relations skills ; or we may say that his attitude was commendable , showing his independence of mind , in his refusal to adjust to the opinions of others .

(Joseph Chadwick, No Land Is Free....)

He 'd told Hank_Maguire and Luis_Hernandez about his wife 's refusal to come_with him and about what he now intended to do .

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[ noun ] the polite declining of an invitation

Synonyms

declination regrets

Used in print

(Marvin Schiller, "The Sheep's in the Meadow,"...)

When in one letter Jessica informed me that her father did not like the idea of her going_out alone on New_Year's_Eve , I knew for a moment an immense relief ; but the letter went_on : she had cried , she had implored , she had been miserable at his refusal , and finally he had relented - and now how happy she was , how expectant !

Related terms

message acknowledgment refuse

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