refusal

refusal
The act of one who has, by law, a right and power of having or doing something of advantage, and declines it. Also, the declination of a request or demand, or the omission to comply with some requirement of law, as the result of a positive intention to disobey. In the latter sense, the word is often coupled with "neglect," as if a party shall "neglect or refuse" to pay a tax, file an official bond, obey an order of court, etc. But "neglect" signifies a mere omission of a duty, which may happen through inattention, dilatoriness, mistake, or inability to perform, while "refusal" implies the positive denial of an application or command, or at least a mental determination not to comply. A rejection, a denial of what is asked. Board of Public Instruction of Palm Beach County, Fla. v. Cohen, C.A.Fla., 413 F.2d 1201, 1203.
See also rejection
As used in the context of the implied consent law simply means that an arrestee, after having been requested to take the breathalyzer test, declines to do so of his own volition. Rogers v. King, Mo.App., 684 S.W.2d 390, 393

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • refusal — I noun abjuration, abnegation, ban, debarment, declination, declinature, defiance, denial, disallowance, disapprobation, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, discountenance, enjoinment, exclusion, incompliance, interdiction, negation, negative… …   Law dictionary

  • Refusal — Re*fus al ( al), n. 1. The act of refusing; denial of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance. [1913 Webster] Do they not seek occasion of new quarrels, On my refusal, to distress me more? Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The right of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • refusal — late 15c., from REFUSE (Cf. refuse) + AL (Cf. al) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • refusal — [n] denial of responsibility; unwillingness abnegation, ban, choice, cold shoulder*, declension, declination, defiance, disallowance, disapproval, disavowal, disclaimer, discountenancing, disfavor, dissent, enjoinment, exclusion, forbidding,… …   New thesaurus

  • refusal — [ri fyo͞o′zəl] n. 1. the act of refusing 2. the right or chance to accept or refuse something before it is offered to another; option …   English World dictionary

  • refusal — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, adamant, blank (BrE), blunt, complete, flat, outright, point blank, utter ▪ the panel …   Collocations dictionary

  • refusal — n. 1) an adamant, curt, flat, outright, point blank, unyielding refusal 2) a first refusal (BE; CE has first option) 3) a refusal to + inf. (I could not comprehend her refusal to help) 4) (misc.) to meet with a refusal * * * [rɪ fjuːz(ə)l] curt… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Refusal — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Refusal >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 refusal refusal rejection Sgm: N 1 noncompliance noncompliance incompliance Sgm: N 1 denial denial Sgm: N 1 declining declining &c. >V. Sgm: N 1 declens …   English dictionary for students

  • refusal */*/ — UK [rɪˈfjuːz(ə)l] / US [rɪˈfjuz(ə)l] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms refusal : singular refusal plural refusals the act of refusing to do something She gave a firm refusal. refusal to do something: The protesters considered several… …   English dictionary

  • refusal — re|fus|al [ rı fjuzl ] noun count or uncount ** the act of refusing to do something: She gave a firm refusal. refusal to do something: The protesters considered several options, including a refusal to pay taxes. a. the act of refusing to accept… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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