- Denial is defined as refusing to accept or believe something, or a statement to contradict someone or something else.
- An example of a denial is the rejection of the existence of God.
- An example of a denial is statement that you don't agree with what has been said about your actions.
denial definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- the act of denying; a saying “no” (to a request, demand, etc.)
- a statement in opposition to another; contradiction: the denial of a rumor
- the act of disowning; repudiation: the denial of one's family
- a refusal to believe or accept (a doctrine, etc.)
- Psychol. an unconscious thought process whereby one allays anxiety by refusing to acknowledge the existence of certain unpleasant aspects of external reality or of one's thoughts, feelings, etc.: now often in the phrase
- Law the opposing by a defendant of a claim or charge against him or her
denial definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.
- a. A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.b. Law The opposing by a defendant of an allegation of the plaintiff.
- a. A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.b. Psychology An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
- The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.
- Abstinence; self-denial.
Origin: From deny.
denial - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
In litigation, a rejection of a claim or request; an assertion in a pleading rejecting facts asserted by the other party in its own pleading.general denial
A response that questions all of the material accusations in a petition or complaint.specific denial
A separate response to several of the plaintiff’s charges individually denying them, while not denying all of them.
denial - Medical Definition
An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.