[ dih-nahy-uhl ]
/ dɪˈnaɪ əl /


Origin of denial

First recorded in 1520–30; deny + -al2

Related forms

non·de·ni·al, nounpre·de·ni·al, adjectivere·de·ni·al, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for denial


/ (dɪˈnaɪəl) /


a refusal to agree or comply with a statement; contradiction
the rejection of the truth of a proposition, doctrine, etca denial of God's existence
a negative reply; rejection of a request
a refusal to acknowledge; renunciation; disavowala denial of one's leader
a psychological process by which painful truths are not admitted into an individual's consciousnessSee also defence mechanism
abstinence; self-denial
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Medicine definitions for denial


[ dĭ-nīəl ]


An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.
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