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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 ?
Collins, with a formal wave of the hand, "that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept, when he first applies for their favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second, or even a third time.
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.
Jack asked to be allowed to visit the ape, but again he was met with flat refusal.
finality thus: the refusal absolute, the refusal condition, the
As the first part of "An Old-Fashioned Girl" was written in 1869, the demand for a sequel, in beseeching little letters that made refusal impossible, rendered it necessary to carry my heroine boldly forward some six or seven years into the future.
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.
The useless cruelty of his refusal had passed unnoticed.
Manson Mingott, had been unable to defend her refusal to return to her husband.
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.
He had got his hated wife up stairs at his mercy--thanks to his refusal of the money which Julius had offered to him.
Well, Becky would have made a good Lady Crawley, after all," Miss Crawley remarked (who was mollified by the girl's refusal, and very liberal and generous now there was no call for her sacrifices).
Nothing should tempt her to go, if they did; and she regretted that her father's known habits would be giving her refusal less meaning than she could wish.