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 Chinese embassies and consulates overseas helped them while maintaining deniability. Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 23 July 2021 Such accounts are often a way of making clear exactly what happened -- with a thin veneer of deniability for non-partisan military officers. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 July 2021 But Devi’s dual romances do not exist in the gray area of plausible deniability. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 15 July 2021 Elizabeth is keeping her secret not only from her father, but also her mother, so her mom can have plausible deniability. New York Times, 26 June 2021 For years, the Proud Boys operated in full view — selling merchandise on sites including Etsy and Amazon, being quoted in mainstream news publications, and spreading hate on social media — under the guise of semi-plausible deniability. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 The fact that the attacks are blamed on private firms gives Putin a veneer of deniability. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 7 June 2021 And those gangs give those governments the shield of plausible deniability. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 The botched nerve-agent attack, since exposed, was supposed to have been accomplished with deniability. Kenneth Roth, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of deniability

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Deniability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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