denial

noun
de·​ni·​al | \ di-ˈnī(-ə)l How to pronounce denial (audio) , dē- \

Definition of denial

1 : refusal to satisfy a request or desire the denial of privileges
2a(1) : refusal to admit the truth or reality of something (such as a statement or charge) their denial of the divine right of kings
(2) : assertion that an allegation is false her denial that she was involved
b : refusal to acknowledge a person or a thing : disavowal his denial of his youngest son
3 law : the opposing by the defendant of an allegation (see allegation sense 2) of the opposite party in a lawsuit their denial of the plaintiff's allegations
4 : self-denial … a man in denial about his receding hairline.Playboy
5 logic : negation sense 1b
6 psychology : a defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality
in denial
: refusing to admit the truth or reality of something unpleasant a patient in denial about his health problems

Examples of denial in a Sentence

She issued a flat denial of the charges made against her. The accusations have met with angry denials from school officials. The city government has been heavily criticized for its denial of the seriousness of the situation. The hardest part of the punishment was the denial of his right to see his children. The group is protesting the denial of voting rights to convicted felons. The lawyers were disappointed by the court's denial of their motion to dismiss the case.
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Recent Examples on the Web For some prominent politicians, denial of Communion is not an abstract issue. David Crary, ajc, 14 Nov. 2021 Holocaust denial is one of the tools of the far right. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Scribner If self-denial were a sport, Rachel, an aspiring standup comedian and half-hearted employee of an L.A. talent agency, could host her own Olympics. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 25 June 2021 In a filing made December 6, according to Scott’s team and obtained by Vulture, the rapper made a general denial to claims in a case brought by a festivalgoer named Jessie Garcia. Justin Curto, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 In late October, school officials said employees had six weeks from when they are notified of a denial to get an exemption to become fully vaccinated. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, 23 Nov. 2021 When a similar situation occurs and crashes a website it can be considered a denial of service attack. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The sanctions now imposed on Russians include asset freezes, bans on doing business with U.S. companies and denial of entry to the United States. Fox News, 6 Dec. 2021 The ruling became final and binding on trial courts statewide with the state Supreme Court’s denial of review. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of denial

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for denial

deny + -al entry 2

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13 Jan 2022

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“Denial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/denial. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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denial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of denial

: a statement saying that something is not true or real : a statement in which someone denies something
: a condition in which someone will not admit that something sad, painful, etc., is true or real
: the act of not allowing someone to have something

denial

noun
de·​ni·​al | \ di-ˈnī-əl How to pronounce denial (audio) \

Kids Definition of denial

1 : a refusal to give or agree to something asked for a denial of the request
2 : a refusal to admit the truth of a statement a denial of the accusation
3 : a refusal to accept or believe in someone or something He repeated his denial of the existence of ghosts.
4 : a cutting down or limiting a denial of his appetite

denial

noun
de·​ni·​al | \ di-ˈnī(-ə)l How to pronounce denial (audio) \

Medical Definition of denial

: a psychological defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality

denial

noun
de·​ni·​al | \ di-ˈnī-əl How to pronounce denial (audio) \

Legal Definition of denial

1 : refusal to grant or allow something denial of due process denial of a motion
2a : an assertion that an allegation is false
b : a defense asserting that an opposing party's allegations are false — compare affirmative defense at defense sense 2a, traverse

Note: Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, allegations that are not denied are taken as admitted, and a statement that a party has insufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of an allegation is taken as a denial. A denial must sufficiently state which allegations or parts of allegations are being denied.

argumentative denial \ ˌär-​gyə-​ˈmen-​tə-​tiv-​ \
: a denial that asserts facts inconsistent with an allegation made by an adverse party
general denial
1 : a denial of all the allegations in a complaint
2 : a denial of all the allegations of a particular paragraph or group of paragraphs in a complaint
specific denial
1 : general denial in this entry
2 : a denial of parts of an allegation in a complaint

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