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Which sounds more neutral? I.e., less critical,

A. The candidate declined to participate.
B. The candidate refused to participate.

Yesterday I was listening to Democracy Now, and ran into A. Does it carry any hint of dissatisfaction, disappointment, etc?
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AnonymousWhich sounds more neutral? I.e., less critical,
A.
Anonymous Does it carry any hint of dissatisfaction, disappointment, etc?
No, not for me.
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If a facilitator says xxx refused to participate, does it sound critical?
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