de·​ni·​able di-ˈnī-ə-bəl How to pronounce deniable (audio)
: capable of being denied

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another movie is being developed around the Thunderbolts, a team of enhanced agents who engage in deniable military operations. Evan Narcisse, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2022 This network of private mercenary companies is deployed broadly around the world, serving as a deniable and expendable extension of the Kremlin’s foreign policy. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 Analysts describe the group as an extension of Russia’s foreign policy through deniable activities, including the use of mercenaries and disinformation campaigns. New York Times, 31 May 2022 As Russia invades Ukraine, the Kremlin is pushing to amplify influence worldwide, and ostensibly private military groups like Wagner offer a deniable way to advance its goals, researchers say. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 Which is why any new accords with Russia, to be truly effective, would have to embrace Russia’s turn toward deniable, hard-to-detect cyberweapons. New York Times, 24 Jan. 2022 Regardless of who was at fault, the impact was not deniable. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2022 Rather than declare open war on the international order, Russia was using digital means to undermine it with brazen but deniable acts of cyber sabotage. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 28 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deniable was in 1548

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“Deniable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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