Simple Definition of denial
: a statement saying that something is not true or real : a statement in which someone denies something
psychology : a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc., is true or real
: the act of not allowing someone to have something
Full Definition of denial
1 : refusal to satisfy a request or desire
2 a (1) : refusal to admit the truth or reality (as of a statement or charge) (2) : assertion that an allegation is false b : refusal to acknowledge a person or a thing : disavowal
3 : the opposing by the defendant of an allegation of the opposite party in a lawsuit
4 : self-denial
5 : negation in logic
6 : a psychological defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality
: refusing to admit the truth or reality of something unpleasant <a patient in denial about his health problems>
Examples of denial
She issued a flat denial of the charges made against her.
The accusations have met with angry denials from school officials.
The city government has been heavily criticized for its denial of the seriousness of the situation.
The hardest part of the punishment was the denial of his right to see his children.
The group is protesting the denial of voting rights to convicted felons.
The lawyers were disappointed by the court's denial of their motion to dismiss the case.
First Known Use of denial
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Definition of denial
1 : a refusal to give or agree to something asked for <a denial of the request>
2 : a refusal to admit the truth of a statement <a denial of the accusation>
3 : a refusal to accept or believe in someone or something <He repeated his denial of the existence of ghosts.>
4 : a cutting down or limiting <a denial of his appetite>
Medical Definition of denial
: a psychological defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality
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