deniability

noun
de·​ni·​abil·​i·​ty | \ dē-ˌnī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce deniability (audio) \

Definition of deniability

: the ability to deny something especially on the basis of being officially uninformed

Examples of deniability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plausible deniability is baked into the logic of campaigning. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Sexism Is Other People," 8 Mar. 2020 The government accused the website of intentionally courting the prostitution business and working with pimps to alter the wording in advertisements to keep up a patina of deniability that Backpage knew what the ads were really for. Richard Ruelas, The Arizona Republic, "COVID-19 concerns push Backpage trial into 2021; judge rules it can't be conducted safely," 30 June 2020 Fortunately, plausible deniability is becoming harder to sustain. The Economist, "Black business matters," 12 June 2020 Instead Russia last year deployed mercenaries to back Hifter, achieving its strategic objectives under the convenient cloak of deniability. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Russia’s ally in Libya is battered by defeats. But Moscow has wider goals to expand its influence.," 6 June 2020 Plausible deniability is a common theme in modern political references to historical violence, particularly those on the right. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Fall and Rise of the Guillotine," 12 June 2020 Juan Pablo then decides to absolutely ruin whatever modicum of deniability Chris left him by refusing to engage in the Bachelor’s horrorshow. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Juan Pablo’s Foolish Bachelor Finale Decisions Will Haunt Me (& Chris Harrison) Forever," 17 Apr. 2020 Juan Pablo then decides to absolutely ruin whatever modicum of deniability Chris left him by refusing to engage in the Bachelor’s horrorshow. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Juan Pablo’s Foolish Bachelor Finale Decisions Will Haunt Me (& Chris Harrison) Forever," 17 Apr. 2020 Iran’s leaders have avoided open warfare since, preferring the deniability and lower casualty rates offered by the use of covert operations and proxy forces. Marc Champion, Bloomberg.com, "How Iran Pursues Its Interests Via Proxies and Partners," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of deniability

1973, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Deniability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deniability. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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