What does denial mean?

Definitions for denial
dɪˈnaɪ əlde·nial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. denialnoun

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

    "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"

  2. denial, disaffirmationnoun

    the act of asserting that something alleged is not true

  3. denialnoun

    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

  4. abnegation, self-abnegation, denial, self-denial, self-renunciationnoun

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

  5. defense, defence, denial, demurrernoun

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

    "he gave evidence for the defense"


  1. denialnoun

    The negation in logic

    The denial of "There might be X" is the null, "False, there is no X."

  2. denialnoun

    A refusal to comply with a request.

    Every time we asked for an interview we got a denial.

  3. denialnoun

    An assertion of untruth

    The singer has issued a sweeping denial of all the rumors.

  4. denialnoun

    Refusal to believe a problem exists

    We couldn't break through his denial about being alcoholic.

  5. denialnoun

    A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect.

    He is in denial that he has a drinking problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Denialnoun

    the act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation

    Etymology: [See Deny.]

  2. Denialnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Deny.]

  3. Denialnoun

    a refusal to grant; rejection of a request

    Etymology: [See Deny.]

  4. Denialnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Deny.]


  1. Denial

    Denial, in ordinary English usage, is asserting that a statement or allegation is not true. The same word, and also abnegation, is used for a psychological defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may use: ⁕simple denial: deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether ⁕minimisation: admit the fact but deny its seriousness ⁕projection: admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility by blaming somebody or something else. The concept of denial is particularly important to the study of addiction. The theory of denial was first researched seriously by Anna Freud. She classified denial as a mechanism of the immature mind, because it conflicts with the ability to learn from and cope with reality. Where denial occurs in mature minds, it is most often associated with death, dying and rape. More recent research has significantly expanded the scope and utility of the concept. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross used denial as the first of five stages in the psychology of a dying patient, and the idea has been extended to include the reactions of survivors to news of a death. Thus, when parents are informed of the death of a child, their first reaction is often of the form, "No! You must have the wrong house, you can't mean our child!"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Denial

    de-nī′al, n. act of denying or saying no: contradiction: refusal: rejection.—adj. Denī′able, that may be denied.—n. Denī′er, one who denies.

Anagrams for denial »

  1. Aldine, alined, Daniel, daniel, deal in, dealin', enlaid, inlead, lead-in, nailed

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of denial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of denial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of denial in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Schumer:

    First, I don't believe the meeting should take place but if it is going to happen, President Trump must press Putin hard on the issue of election interference. He can't simply raise it, accept Putin's denial and then let him off the hook, second, the President must demand that the 12 Russians named in the indictment be sent to the U.S. to stand trial. And third, President Trump should not agree to weaken, lift, or curtail any of the sanctions on Russia.

  2. Del Rio:

    It fosters his failed policy of denial.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

  4. Kathrin Altwegg:

    It is the most surprising discovery we have made so far in 67P because oxygen was not among the molecules suspected in a cometary comas, the first time we saw it I think we all went a little bit into denial because it was not expected to be found in a comet.

  5. Frankie Avalon:

    God's delay is not God's denial.

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