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"denial" in British English

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denialnoun

uk   /dɪˈnaɪ.əl/  us   /dɪˈnaɪ.əl/
  • denial noun (NOT TRUE)

C2 [C] a ​statement that something is not ​true or does not ​exist: The ​CEO 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 ofresponsibility 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: agross denial ofjustice
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(Definition of denial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"denial" in American English

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denialnoun

 us   /dɪˈnɑɪ·əl/
  • denial noun (CLAIM)

[C] a ​statement that something is not ​true: His ​statement is not a denial.
  • denial noun (REFUSAL)

[U/C] the ​act of not ​allowing someone to do or have something: Planning ​staffrecommended denial of the ​project.
  • denial noun (FAILURE TO ADMIT)

[U] a ​state in which someone will not ​admit that they have ​knowledge, ​responsibility, or ​feelings: He ​claims he’s not ​sick, but I ​think he’s just in denial.
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