- 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 certain unpleasant facts, feelings, etc.: now often in the phrase in denial
- Law the opposing by a defendant of a claim or charge against him or her
- 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 is defined as refusing to accept or believe something, or a statement to contradict someone or something else.
- 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 formal challenge by a defendant of the truth of an allegation made by 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 of denialFrom deny
- (logic) The negation in logic.
- The denial of "There might be X" is the null, "False, there is no X."
- A refusal to comply with a request.
- Every time we asked for an interview we got a denial.
- An assertion of untruth.
- The singer has issued a sweeping denial of all the rumors.
- Refusal to believe a problem exists
- We couldn't break through his denial about being alcoholic.
- (dated, psychology) A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect.
- He is in denial that he has a drinking problem.
denial - Legal Definition
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.
- Any denial would be immediately detected as a lie, anyway.
- We're still working with Hannah. She's in denial about everything. I almost pity the girl.
- Determinism had other forms besides that of a crude materialism, and the direction that Malebranche succeeded in giving to speculation led only to the more complete denial of freedom and individuality in the all-devouring pantheism of Spinoza.
- Here again the Categories forms a kind of transition from Platonism to the Metaphysics which is the reverse: to call universals secondary substances " is half way between Plato's calling them the only substances and Aristotle's denial in the Metaphysics that they are substances at all.
- The pale now includes fifteen governments, and under the May laws of 1892 the congestion of the Jewish population, the denial of free movement, and the exclusion from the general rights of citizens were rendered more oppressive than ever before.