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Synonyms and Antonyms of denial

  1. 1 an unwillingness to grant something asked for <our supervisor's denial of unpaid personal leave got mixed reactions from the staff> Synonyms declination, disallowance, nay, no, nonacceptance, refusal, rejection, turndown Related Words rebuff, repudiation, repulse, spurn; negative; ban, injunction, veto; deterrence, discouragement, repression, suppression Near Antonyms acceptance, accession, acquiescence, agreement, assent, authorization, clearance, concurrence, consent, leave, license (or licence), permission, sanction, sufferance; imprimatur, seal, signature, stamp Antonyms allowance, approval, grant, OK (or okay)

  2. 2 a refusal to confirm the truth of a statement <the senator issued a flat denial of the accusation against her> Synonyms contradiction, denegation, disallowance, disavowal, disclaimer, disconfirmation, negation, rejection, repudiation Related Words disproof, rebuttal, refutation; negative Near Antonyms concession, confession; affirmation, assertion, declaration; attestation, corroboration, documentation, substantiation, testament, testimony, validation Antonyms acknowledgment (or acknowledgement), admission, avowal, confirmation

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