Definition of denial noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    denial

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    BrE BrE//dɪˈnaɪəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈnaɪəl//
     
     
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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. an official denial that there would be an election before the end of the year
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] (a) denial of something a refusal to allow somebody 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 adverbExtra examples His question was greeted with a chorus of denials. Jefferson made no denial of his actions on that night. Some people are in denial about the situation. The chairman of the company issued a denial of the allegations. The document contains an explicit denial that the company ever sold arms. When I asked if she had cheated in the exam, she answered with a vehement denial. a denial from senior officials Pressure groups have drawn attention to the denial of human rights in some areas. There was an official denial that there would be an election before the end of the year. This advertising ban is a denial of freedom of speech.
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