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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


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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