Definition of Denial

1. Noun. The act of refusing to comply (as with a request). "It resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"

Generic synonyms: Speech Act
Specialized synonyms: Abnegation, Naysaying, Negative, Refusal, Disavowal, Disclaimer
Derivative terms: Deny

2. Noun. The act of asserting that something alleged is not true.
Exact synonyms: Disaffirmation
Generic synonyms: Assertion, Asseveration, Averment
Specialized synonyms: Negation
Derivative terms: Deny

3. Noun. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts.

4. Noun. Renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others.

5. Noun. A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him. "He gave evidence for the defense"
Exact synonyms: Defence, Defense, Demurrer
Generic synonyms: Due Process, Due Process Of Law
Group relationships: Trial
Specialized synonyms: Entrapment
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Prosecution
Derivative terms: Deny

Definition of Denial

1. n. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation.

Definition of Denial

1. Noun. The negation in logic ¹

2. Noun. A refusal to comply with a request. ¹

3. Noun. An assertion of untruth ¹

4. Noun. Refusal to believe a problem exists ¹

5. Noun. (context: formerly psychology) A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect. ¹

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Definition of Denial

1. the act of denying [n -S]

Medical Definition of Denial

1. Refusal to admit the truth or reality of a situation or experience. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Denial

dengue fever
dengue haemorrhagic fever
dengue shock syndrome
dengue virus
denial (current term)
denial-of-service attack
denial of pregnancy

Literary usage of Denial

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"In holding that a general denial of the plaintiff's title will admit ... In other words, it sustains and verities the denial of the plaintiff's title. ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"... to freeholders, to citizens, to persons within certain ages, or to persons having educational qualifications, a denial to citizens of the African nice, ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1906)
"Removal of cause* — denial of clvl rieht». — The denial, In summoning or 1m paneling Jurors, of any equal civil rights secured to an accused by the Federal ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Richard Vaughan Barnewall, John Leycester Adolphus, Great Britain Court of King's Bench (1835)
"The plea of non detinet shall operate as a denial of the detention of ____ the goods by the defendant, but not of the plaintiff's property therein; ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Gardiner Hammond (1890)
"It was indeed a denial of plaintiff's right to recover, while the general denial only goes to the facts averred and denied, and leaves all questions of law ..."

6. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1895)
"(3) The Principle of Morality which is denial. Salvation from sin and suffering only comes through the denial of the will to life. ..."

7. The Works of William E. Channing, D.D. by William Ellery Channing (1880)
"Self-denial, then, is the will acting with power in the choice and ... Here we have the distinguishing glory of self-denial, and here we have the essence ..."

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