David Daniel david at COARSECOURSES.COM
Wed Aug 27 19:20:10 UTC 2014

Sure, but I don't think the passenger politely refused. You can even throw
nuance into it, in that a defense lawyer might say his client declined to go
along with the cop who was trying to arrest him (as if it had been a request
and a polite refusal), and the cops would say "refused" (order and
disobedience). In general, it seems to me you decline something that
normally you would be expected to accept.

Poster:       Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM>
Subject:      Re: decline

Mac Dictionary:  [ with infinitive ] politely refuse to do something: =
the company declined to comment.

Wiktionary ( just has "To refuse, =

Oxford dictionaries =
: Politely refuse to do something: the company declined to comment

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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On Aug 27, 2014, at 8:01 AM, David Daniel <david at COARSECOURSES.COM> =

>From CNN:
In the case of this week's United inflight battle, the flight
attendant reportedly told the man to remove the Knee Defender device, but he
declined." Shouldn't that be "refused"?

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