Denial definition

dĭ-nīəl
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A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.
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(psychol.) An unconscious thought process whereby one allays anxiety by refusing to acknowledge certain unpleasant facts, feelings, etc.
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A refusal to comply with or satisfy a request.
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A refusal to believe or accept (a doctrine, etc.)
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(law) The opposing by a defendant of a claim or charge against him or her.
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Abstinence; self-denial.
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A separate response to several of the plaintiff’s charges individually denying them, while not denying all of them.
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A refusal to comply with a request.

Every time we asked for an interview we got a denial.

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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.

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The act of denying; a saying “no” (to a request, demand, etc.)
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A statement in opposition to another; contradiction.

The denial of a rumor.

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Abstinence; self-denial.
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A refusal to grant the truth of a statement or allegation; a contradiction.
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(law) The formal challenge by a defendant of the truth of an allegation made by the plaintiff.
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A refusal to accept or believe something, such as a doctrine or belief.
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(psychology) An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
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The act of disowning; repudiation.

The denial of one's family.

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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.
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A response that questions all of the material accusations in a petition or complaint.
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(logic) The negation in logic.

The denial of "There might be X" is the null, "False, there is no X."

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The singer has issued a sweeping denial of all the rumors.

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Refusal to believe a problem exists.

We couldn't break through his denial about being alcoholic.

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(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.

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The act of disowning or disavowing; repudiation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
denial
Plural:
denials

Origin of denial

  • From deny

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition