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denial

noun
     
Related topics: Psychology, Psychiatry
de‧ni‧al
1 [uncountable and countable] a statement saying that something is not true [↪ deny]
denial of
The government issued an official denial of the rumour.
denial that
denials that border security had not been strict enough
2 [uncountable] when someone refuses to allow someone else to have or to do something
denial of
protests against the denial of human rights
3 [uncountable]MP a condition in which you refuse to admit or believe that something bad exists or has happened
in denial
His girlfriend is in denial, and refuses to admit that he will soon die.

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