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refusal

Cynical Definitions

n. Denial of something desired, such as the execution of a lawyer by his client.

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Cynical Quotations

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.

— Ambrose Bierce

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