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Definition of Refusal

  REFUSAL   noun
Denial of something desired; as an elderly maiden's hand in marriage, to a rich and handsome suitor; a valuable franchise to a rich corporation, by an alderman; absolution to an impenitent king, by a priest, and so forth.  Refusals are graded in a descending scale of finality thus:  the refusal absolute, the refusal condition, the refusal tentative and the refusal feminine.  The last is called by some casuists the refusal assentive.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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