1. the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)

- it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges

Definition categories: communication

2. the act of asserting that something alleged is not true

Similar word(s): disaffirmation

Definition categories: communication, assertion, asseveration, averment

3. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

Definition categories: process, defence, defense

4. renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others

Similar word(s): abnegation

Definition categories: act, forgoing, forswearing, renunciation, selflessness

5. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

Similar word(s): defence, defense, demurrer

Definition categories: act

Sentences with denial as a noun:

- The denial of "There might be X" is the null, "False, there is no X."

- Every time we asked for an interview we got a denial.

- The singer has issued a sweeping denial of all the rumors.

- We couldn't break through his denial about being alcoholic.

- He is in denial that he has a drinking problem.