Definitions for: Denial


[n] renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
[n] a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
[n] the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
[n] the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
[n] (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts



Webster (1913) Definition: De*ni"al, n. [See Deny.]
1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation;
-- the contrary of affirmation.

You ought to converse with so much sincerity that
your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient.
--Bp.
Stillingfleet.

2. A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge,
imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing
stated or maintained; a contradiction.

3. A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.

The commissioners, . . . to obtain from the king's
subjects as much as they would willingly give, . . .
had not to complain of many peremptory denials.
--Hallam.

4. A refusal to acknowledge; disclaimer of connection with;
disavowal; -- the contrary of confession; as, the denial
of a fault charged on one; a denial of God.

Denial of one's self, a declining of some gratification;
restraint of one's appetites or propensities; self-denial.

Synonyms: abnegation, defence, defense, demurrer, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation

Antonyms: prosecution

See Also: abnegation, assertion, asseveration, averment, defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, disavowal, due process, due process of law, entrapment, forgoing, forswearing, naysaying, negation, negative, refusal, renunciation, selflessness, self-sacrifice, speech act, trial

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