1. an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.
2. refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.
3. disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.
4. the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.
5. refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his country; Peter's denial of Christ.
6. Law. refusal to acknowledge the validity of a claim, suit, or the like; a plea that denies allegations of fact in an adversary's plea: Although she sued for libel, he entered a general denial.
7. sacrifice of one's own wants or needs; self-denial.
8. Psychology. an unconscious defense mechanism used to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously intolerable.
rejection, veto, disapproval, repudiation, rebuttal, retraction, repulse, dissent, negation, negative, rebuff, nay, prohibition, renunciation, nix, turndown, contradiction, protestation, refutation, declination
non·de·ni·al , noun
pre·de·ni·al , adjective
re·de·ni·al , noun
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1. disavowal, disclaimer, repudiation.
1. admission, acknowledgment, confession.
Origin: 1520–30; deny + -al
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DENIAL
This is a case where delay is denial —with potentially deadly results.
MY INSURANCE COMPANY KILLED ME, DESPITE OBAMACARE|MALCOLM MACDOUGALL|NOVEMBER 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About 300,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem, and their relationship to the state is an almost perfect dance of denial .
AFTER THE ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE: A NEW INTIFADA?|MICHAEL TOMASKY|NOVEMBER 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Mr. Mitchell thus controls both your management company and your lessor,” the IRS wrote in a denial letter.
AT THIS CREEPY LIBERTARIAN CHARTER SCHOOL, KIDS MUST SWEAR ‘TO BE OBEDIENT TO THOSE IN AUTHORITY’|PROPUBLICA|OCTOBER 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ignorance on their part and denial on ours does nobody any favors.
SEXTING IS THE NEW ‘FIRST BASE’|RUSSELL SAUNDERS|OCTOBER 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A recent column by Nia-Malika Henderson is emblematic of this denial .
NO, 'ACTING WHITE' HAS NOT BEEN DEBUNKED|JOHN MCWHORTER|SEPTEMBER 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The officer shook his head in token of doubt about the truthfulness of that denial , and grinned sardonically.
SECRET SERVICE OR RECOLLECTIONS OF A CITY DETECTIVE|ANDREW FORRESTER
The denial of the authenticity of John's Gospel is a source of far greater difficulties than its acknowledgment.
THE WAVE OF SCEPTICISM AND THE ROCK OF TRUTH|MATTHEW HENRY HABERSHON
Is not this a disparagement of the person of man and a denial of God's power?
NO AND YES|MARY BAKER EDDY
But, evidently, Spikeman placed no confidence in the denial .
THE KNIGHT OF THE GOLDEN MELICE|JOHN TURVILL ADAMS
Domitian had expected a denial from the courtier, not a confirmation of the facts.
QUINTUS CLAUDIUS, VOLUME 2 OF 2|ERNST ECKSTEIN