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DENIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does denial mean? 

DENIAL (noun)
  The noun DENIAL has 5 senses:

1. the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
2. the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
3. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
4. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
5. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

  Familiarity information: DENIAL used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DENIAL (noun)


Sense 1denial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of refusing to comply (as with a request)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges

Hypernyms ("denial" is a kind of...):

speech act (the use of language to perform some act)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "denial"):

abnegation (the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief)

naysaying (the act of saying no to a request)

negative (a reply of denial)

refusal (the act of refusing)

disavowal; disclaimer (denial of any connection with or knowledge of)


Sense 2denial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of asserting that something alleged is not true

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

disaffirmation; denial

Hypernyms ("denial" is a kind of...):

assertion; asseveration; averment (a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "denial"):

negation (the speech act of negating)


Sense 3denial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("denial" is a kind of...):

defence; defence mechanism; defence reaction; defense; defense mechanism; defense reaction ((psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires)

Domain category:

psychiatry; psychological medicine; psychopathology (the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders)


Sense 4denial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

self-abnegation; self-renunciation; abnegation; self-denial; denial

Hypernyms ("denial" is a kind of...):

forgoing; forswearing; renunciation (the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.))

self-sacrifice; selflessness (acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity)


Sense 5denial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

demurrer; denial; defense; defence

Context example:

he gave evidence for the defense

Hypernyms ("denial" is a kind of...):

due process; due process of law ((law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "denial"):

entrapment (a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials)

Holonyms ("denial" is a part of...):

trial ((law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal)


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