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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Denial  \De*ni"al\,  n.  [See  {Deny}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  gainsaying,  refusing,  or  disowning;  negation; 
  --  the  contrary  of  {affirmation}. 
 
  You  ought  to  converse  with  so  much  sincerity  that 
  your  bare  affirmation  or  denial  may  be  sufficient. 
  --Bp. 
  Stillingfleet 
 
  2.  A  refusal  to  admit  the  truth  of  a  statement,  charge, 
  imputation,  etc.;  assertion  of  the  untruth  of  a  thing 
  stated  or  maintained;  a  contradiction. 
 
  3.  A  refusal  to  grant;  rejection  of  a  request. 
 
  The  commissioners,  .  .  .  to  obtain  from  the  king's 
  subjects  as  much  as  they  would  willingly  give  .  .  . 
  had  not  to  complain  of  many  peremptory  denials. 
  --Hallam. 
 
  4.  A  refusal  to  acknowledge;  disclaimer  of  connection  with 
  disavowal;  --  the  contrary  of  confession;  as  the  denial 
  of  a  fault  charged  on  one  a  denial  of  God. 
 
  {Denial  of  one's  self},  a  declining  of  some  gratification; 
  restraint  of  one's  appetites  or  propensities;  self-denial. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  denial 
  n  1:  the  act  of  refusing  a  request;  "it  resulted  in  a  complete 
  denial  of  his  privileges" 
  2:  an  assertion  that  something  alleged  is  not  true 
  3:  a  defense  mechanism  that  denies  painful  thoughts 
  4:  renunciation  of  your  own  interests  in  favor  of  the  interests 
  of  others  [syn:  {abnegation},  {self-abnegation},  {self-denial}, 
  {self-renunciation}] 
  5:  a  defendant's  answer  or  plea  denying  the  truth  of  the 
  charges  against  him  "he  gave  evidence  for  the  defense" 
  [syn:  {defense},  {defence},  {demurrer}]  [ant:  {prosecution}] 




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