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denial

noun uk   /dɪˈnaɪ.əl/ us  

denial noun (NOT TRUE)

C2 [C] a statement that something is not true or does not exist: The prime minister issued a denial of the report that she is about to resign. [+ that] Officials did not believe the runner's denial that he had taken drugs. His denial of responsibility for the accident was unconvincing. C2 [C] a statement that someone has not done something

denial noun (NOT ALLOW)

[U] the fact of not allowing someone to do or have something: a gross denial of justice
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denial noun (NOT ACCEPT)

an unwillingness to accept that something unpleasant is true: He's still in denial about the break-up of his relationship.

denial noun (AGAINST BELIEFS)

the situation in which someone behaves in a way that goes against their beliefs and what they think is right: If I did what you ask, it would be a denial of everything I stand for (= believe in).
(Definition of denial from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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