refusal noun

ADJ. blank, blunt, complete, flat, outright, point-blank | continued/continuing, obstinate, persistent, repeated, steadfast, stubborn | cowardly | wilful | polite | first If you decide to sell your car, I hope you'll give me first refusal (= the opportunity to buy it before it is offered to others).

VERB + REFUSAL be met by/with Her appeals for funds to support the cause were met with blank refusal.

PREP. ~ by/of a refusal by a patient to accept the recommended treatment

PHRASES a refusal of consent a refusal of consent to blood transfusions | refusal on … grounds their refusal on religious grounds to perform military service