NOTE: nominalization: their refusal to cooperate -> they refused to cooperate
Their refusal to cooperate with the U.N. inspectors has made the task difficult.
The town's refusal of a zoning variance has made the property less valuable.
John was disappointed by Mary's refusal of his hand in marriage.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: refers to a physical document
John has a stack of refusals on his desk from publishers.
Mary thought the thin envelope from the board of admissions looked like a refusal.
My boss assigned me the task of composing and sending out refusals to three job applicants.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
NOTE: usually in the phrase 'first refusal'
NOTE: refers to the -potential- to reject, not a specific act of rejection (Sense 1)
The contract gives John right of first refusal on these two properties.
That film studio got first refusal on this screenplay.
WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2