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Right of First Refusal

  1. A provision in an agreement stating that a specified party must be given an opportunity -- before any others -- to either accept or reject an offer. The right of first refusal may extend, for example, to the act of selling property. In this case, if and when the owner decides to sell, the property must first be offered to the specified party. Upon refusal by the specified party, the property may then be offered under the same terms and conditions to others. [Source: TeachMeFinance.com - Financial Terms: http://www.teachmefinance.com/Financial_Terms/right_of_first_refusal.html]