Meaning of “denial” in the English Dictionary

"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 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)

"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 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.

(Definition of “denial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)