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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 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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(Definition of denial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 staff recommended 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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