What does denial mean?

Definitions for denial
dɪˈnaɪ əlde·nial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. denial(noun)

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

    "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"

  2. denial, disaffirmation(noun)

    the act of asserting that something alleged is not true

  3. denial(noun)

    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

  4. abnegation, self-abnegation, denial, self-denial, self-renunciation(noun)

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

  5. defense, defence, denial, demurrer(noun)

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

    "he gave evidence for the defense"


  1. denial(Noun)

    The negation in logic

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

  2. denial(Noun)

    A refusal to comply with a request.

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

  3. denial(Noun)

    An assertion of untruth

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

  4. denial(Noun)

    Refusal to believe a problem exists

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

  5. denial(Noun)

    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. Denial(noun)

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

    Etymology: [See Deny.]

  2. Denial(noun)

    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. Denial(noun)

    a refusal to grant; rejection of a request

    Etymology: [See Deny.]

  4. Denial(noun)

    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

How to pronounce denial?

  1. Alex
    US English

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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. Brian Concannon:

    Oxfam’s response this month -- quickly accepting responsibility and releasing its original investigation report -- is a sharp contrast to the U.N. ‘ s persistent policy of delay, denial and refusal of responsibility, for either sexual exploitation or unleashing cholera on Haiti.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    Self-denial is not a virtue it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

  3. Fred Royal:

    His remarks have racist overtones to them. He's in total denial of the condition the average citizen in this community is being subjected to.

  4. Frankie Avalon:

    God's delay is not God's denial.

  5. Robert Boland:

    I actually think that recognizing a link is actually a helpful pivot for the NFL both in terms of public relations and the future of the game, it gets them out of the denial category and moves them more towards the idea that they are able to operate and work toward a solution.

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