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refusal

noun
     
re‧fus‧al [uncountable and countable]
when you say firmly that you will not do, give, or accept something
refusal to do something
His refusal to pay the fine got him into even more trouble.
flat/blunt/point-blank refusal (=an immediate direct refusal)
His request was met with a blunt refusal.
refusal of
They couldn't understand her refusal of a scholarship to Yale.

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