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Noun denial has 5 senses
  1. denial - the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); "it resulted in a complete denial of his privileges"
    --1 is a kind of
    speech act
    --1 has particulars:
     abnegation; naysaying; negative; refusal; disavowal, disclaimer
    Derived form: verb deny3
  2. denial - the act of asserting that something alleged is not true
    --2 is a kind of
    assertion, averment, asseveration
    --2 has particulars: negation
    Derived form: verb deny1
  3. denial - (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts
    --3 is a kind of
    defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence
  4. abnegation, self-abnegation, denial, self-denial, self-renunciation - renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
    --4 is a kind of selflessness, self-sacrifice; renunciation, forgoing, forswearing
    Derived form: verb deny5
  5. defense, defence, denial, demurrer - a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
    --5 is a kind of due process, due process of law
    --5 is a part of trial
    --5 has particulars: entrapment
    Derived form: verb deny6
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