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Definition of denial noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] denial (of something/that…) a statement that says something is not true or does not exist the prisoner's repeated denials of the charges against him The terrorists issued a denial of responsibility for the attack.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (a) denial of something a refusal to allow someone to have something they have a right to expect the denial of basic human rights The advertising ban is a denial of freedom of speech.
  3. 3[uncountable] (psychology) a refusal to accept that something unpleasant or painful is true The patient is still in denial.
  4. Word Familydeny verbdenial nounundeniable adjectiveundeniably adverb
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