1. The act of refusing; denial of anything demanded, solicited, or offered for acceptance.
Do they not seek occasion of new quarrels,
On my refusal, to distress me more? --Milton.
2. The right of taking in preference to others; the choice of taking or refusing; option; as, to give one the refusal of a farm; to have the refusal of an employment.
n 1: the act of refusing
2: a message refusing to accept something that is offered