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 Given that Centcom already consumes most such resources, a good first step would be to improve management of its in-theater assets to prevent deniable attacks by Iran. Kathryn Wheelbarger And Dustin Walker, WSJ, 21 Dec. 2020 But well before then, the politics of self-presentation had coalesced around grander, less deniable hair. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 Ben Wallace, Britain’s defence secretary, has pointed to the example of the Wagner group, a mercenary force that serves as a deniable arm of Russian power in several warzones. The Economist, 15 Sep. 2020 Many experts believe Tehran is biding its time to plot deniable revenge attacks on US targets using regional terror groups. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 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, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 The implied question: Which is worse, the blatantly, baroquely horrible, or the plausibly deniable? New York Times, 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,, 12 Nov. 2019

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Deniable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deniable

: possible to deny


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