deniability

noun

de·​ni·​abil·​i·​ty dē-ˌnī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce deniability (audio)
: the ability to deny something especially on the basis of being officially uninformed

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the game was full of moments that created a level of plausible deniability. oregonlive, 2 Nov. 2022 While the Morton book had allowed Diana deniability, there was no denying what the Princess of Wales was saying herself, right on TV. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 13 Nov. 2022 One that should be taken, certainly, if our goal is to give our consciences cover and our corporate recruiters plausible deniability. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 27 Oct. 2022 Much of his work depended on plausible deniability. Stacy Schiff, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 Wagner has previously been used in global conflicts, including in Ukraine, when the Kremlin has sought a veneer of deniability. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 16 Sep. 2022 Some providers avoid asking direct questions about the location of their patients during the consultation, according to activists, creating a layer of plausible deniability. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 Some providers avoid asking direct questions about the location of their patients during the consultation, according to activists, creating a layer of plausible deniability. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 6 July 2022 If the latter proves true, the gymnastics to achieve plausible deniability would be sickening. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deniability was in 1973

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Cite this Entry

“Deniability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deniability. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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