denial Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"denial" in British English

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denialnoun

uk   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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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 ​theirbeliefs 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 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.
(Definition of denial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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