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a declining to do something or to accept something.
conscientious refusal conscientious objection.
informed refusal refusal of treatment after one has been informed about it in an effort to gain informed consent.
refusal of treatment a declining of treatment; it may be either informed refusal or not fully informed.
in·form·ed re·fu·sal(in-fōrmd rĕ-fyūzăl)
Patient's decision to decline recommended treatment after all options, risks, and benefits have been thoroughly explained.