de·​ni·​able | \ di-ˈnī-ə-bəl How to pronounce deniable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deniable

: capable of being denied

Examples of deniable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many experts believe Tehran is biding its time to plot deniable revenge attacks on US targets using regional terror groups. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Did Iran give Trump a foreign policy victory, after all?," 28 Feb. 2020 The official said that Iran’s policy has been to conduct deniable attacks, a fiction that the United States would no longer allow. New York Times, "American Airstrikes Rally Iraqis Against U.S.," 30 Dec. 2019 At their subsequent trials some officials involved claimed that Reagan knew about the broad outline of the scheme, if not all its details, but at the time his involvement was entirely deniable. The Economist, "The politics and history behind Donald Trump’s impeachment," 12 Dec. 2019 The implied question: Which is worse, the blatantly, baroquely horrible, or the plausibly deniable? New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Flannery O’Connor to Cigarettes," 8 Oct. 2019 The family-friendly megacompany can produce bleak material with a social purpose or mature subject matter under cover of plausibly deniable metaphor. Darren Franich,, "The Mandalorian wants to be your family-friendly ultraviolent Star Wars," 12 Nov. 2019 The air attacks on Saudi oil facilities were more pointed — and perhaps more deniable. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The U.S. has Iran cornered, and that’s part of the problem," 18 Sep. 2019 The government would show up with nothing on paper about its plans, sticking instead to deniable verbal statements. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 The best way to describe them is a covert, deniable first-strike weapon. Fox News, "'Highly likely Iran is responsible' for oil tanker attack in Gulf of Oman, US defense official says," 13 June 2019

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Deniable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deniable

: possible to deny

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