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re·fus·al

 (rĭ-fyo͞o′zəl)
n.
1. The act or an instance of refusing.
2. The opportunity or right to accept or reject something before it is offered elsewhere.

refusal

(rɪˈfjuːzəl)
n
1. the act or an instance of refusing
2. the opportunity to reject or accept; option

re•fus•al

(rɪˈfyu zəl)

n.
1. an act or instance of refusing.
2. priority in refusing or taking something; option.
[1425–75]

Refusal

 

(See also REJECTION.)

no dice No, no way, nothing doing, absolutely not; a negative response or result. Although many tales surround the derivation of this expression, it is likely that since dice often implies luck, no dice simply implies no luck.

I was around at her bank this morning trying to find out what her balance was, but no dice. Fanny won’t part. (P. G. Wodehouse, Barmy in Wonderland, 1952)

no soap No; usually said in refusal or rejection. The origin of this expression is unknown, but it may have been originally used to refuse a bribe, since a slang meaning of soap is ‘bribe money.’

If you don’t know, just say, “No soap.” (Marks, Plastic Age, 1924)

thumbs down Disapproval, disapprobation, rejection. This expression refers to making a fist and extending the thumb downward, a gesture which, in the days of gladiatorial combats in ancient Rome, indicated that the spectators thought a defeated gladiator had fought poorly and, as a result, should be slain by the victor. The expression is commonly used figuratively as evidenced in a quote from bacteriologist Paul de Kruif (1890–1971), cited in Webster’s Third:

The government thumbs-down on penicillin for [treating] endocarditis was published.

See also thumbs up, APPROVAL.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.refusal - the act of refusingrefusal - the act of refusing      
denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
repudiation - refusal to acknowledge or pay a debt or honor a contract (especially by public authorities); "the repudiation of the debt by the city"
prohibition - refusal to approve or assent to
2.refusal - a message refusing to accept something that is offered
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
regrets, declination - a polite refusal of an invitation

refusal

noun rejection, denial, defiance, rebuff, knock-back (slang), thumbs down, repudiation, kick in the teeth (slang), negation, no a refusal of planning permission
first refusal option, choice, opportunity, consideration A tenant may have a right of first refusal if a property is offered for sale.

refusal

noun
1. A negative response:
2. A turning down of a request:
Translations
odmítnutínepřijetí
afbudafslagvægring
kieltäytyminen
odbijanje
synjun, neitun
拒否
거절
zavrnitev
vägran
การปฏิเสธ
kabul etmemeredret
sự từ chối

refusal

[rɪˈfjuːzəl] N
1.negativa f
she brushed aside my refusalshizo caso omiso de mis negativas
he didn't take her refusal seriouslyno tomó en serio su negativa
he was shot for his refusal to obey orderslo mataron de un tiro por negarse a obedecer órdenes
I'm giving you/you have first refusal (on the house)le daré/tendrá prioridad en la compra (de la casa)
a flat refusaluna negativa rotunda
her request met with a flat refusalsu solicitud fue rechazada de plano
2. [of application] → denegación f
3. (by horse) the horse had two refusalsel caballo se plantó dos veces

refusal

[rɪˈfjuːzəl] n
(= negative reply) → refus m
sb's refusal to do sth → le refus de qn de faire qch
(= option) to have first refusal on sth → avoir droit de préemption sur qch
to give sb first refusal → donner à qn un droit de préemption

refusal

n
Ablehnung f; (of offer)Ablehnung f, → Zurückweisung f; (of food, permission, visa, permit)Verweigerung f; (to do sth) → Weigerung f; her refusal (of the invitation)ihre Absage; to meet with a refusal, to get a refusaleine Absage erhalten; to give (somebody) a flat refusaljdm eine glatte Absage erteilen; to give somebody first refusal of somethingjdm etw zuerst or als Erstem anbieten; (with purchase) → jdm das Vorkaufsrecht an etw (dat)einräumen; to have (the) first refusal of somethingetw als Erster angeboten bekommen; right of first refusalVorkaufsrecht nt
(Showjumping) → Verweigerung f

refusal

[rɪˈfjuːzl] n refusal (to do)rifiuto (di or a fare)
to have first refusal on sth → avere il diritto d'opzione su qc

refuse1

(rəˈfjuːz) verb
1. not to do what one has been asked, told or is expected to do. He refused to help me; She refused to believe what I said; When I asked him to leave, he refused.
2. not to accept. He refused my offer of help; They refused our invitation; She refused the money.
3. not to give (permission etc). I was refused admittance to the meeting.
reˈfusal noun
I was surprised at his refusal to help me; When we sent out the wedding invitations, we had several refusals.

refusal

رَفْض odmítnutí afslag Ablehnung άρνηση negativa kieltäytyminen refus odbijanje rifiuto 拒否 거절 weigering avslag odmowa recusa отказ vägran การปฏิเสธ ret sự từ chối 拒绝

refusal

n. rechazo, negación.
References in classic literature ?
The useless cruelty of his refusal had passed unnoticed.
I shall have to give the professor a polite but firm refusal.
The woman grumbled a refusal to do part of her duty when she had not been permitted to do it all, and started back to her interrupted task of weeding the garden.
However, as every one did it, and his refusal to join would not have made the slightest difference in the results, the idea of refusing would have seemed absurd, had it ever come into his head.
said Henry, in a firm tone, indicating his readiness to meet the consequences of his refusal.
She must abide by the evil of having refused him, whatever it may be; and as to the refusal itself, I will not pretend to say that I might not influence her a little; but I assure you there was very little for me or for any body to do.
Jennings received the refusal with some surprise, and repeated her invitation immediately.
A minute previously she was violent; now, supported on one arm, and not noticing my refusal to obey her, she seemed to find childish diversion in pulling the feathers from the rents she had just made, and ranging them on the sheet according to their different species: her mind had strayed to other associations.
Ask me to do anything in my office, putting my head in great extra danger, and I had better trust my life to the chances of a refusal than the chances of consent.
Silas now found himself and his cottage suddenly beset by mothers who wanted him to charm away the whooping-cough, or bring back the milk, and by men who wanted stuff against the rheumatics or the knots in the hands; and, to secure themselves against a refusal, the applicants brought silver in their palms.
Then thou dost persist in thy refusal to confess thy guilt, and in that bold challenge which thou hast made?
But Erskine, knowing himself ill able to brook a refusal, was loth to expose himself too