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English noun: denial

1. denial (communication) the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)


SamplesIt resulted in a complete denial of his privileges.


Broader (hypernym)speech act


Narrower (hyponym)abnegation, disavowal, disclaimer, naysaying, negative, refusal

2. denial (communication) the act of asserting that something alleged is not true


Synonymsdisaffirmation


Broader (hypernym)assertion, asseveration, averment


Narrower (hyponym)negation

3. denial (process) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts


Broader (hypernym)defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction


Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

4. denial (act) renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others


Synonymsabnegation, self-abnegation, self-denial, self-renunciation


Broader (hypernym)forgoing, forswearing, renunciation, self-sacrifice, selflessness

5. denial (act) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him


SamplesHe gave evidence for the defense.


Synonymsdefence, defense, demurrer


Broader (hypernym)due process, due process of law


Narrower (hyponym)entrapment


Part meronymtrial


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


Antonymscriminal prosecution, prosecution









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