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Noun: denial  di'nI(-u)l or de'nI(-u)l
  1. The act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
    "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
  2. The act of asserting that something alleged is not true
    - disaffirmation
  3. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism that denies painful thoughts
  4. Renunciation of your own interests in favour of the interests of others
    - abnegation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation
  5. (law) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
    - defense [US], defence [Brit, Cdn], demurrer

Derived forms: denials

Type of: assertion, asseveration, averment, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], due process, due process of law, forgoing, forswearing, renunciation, selflessness, self-sacrifice, speech act

Part of: trial

Encyclopedia: Denial, Anger, Acceptance