|1.||a refusal to agree or comply with a statement; contradiction|
|2.||the rejection of the truth of a proposition, doctrine, etc: a denial of God's existence|
|3.||a negative reply; rejection of a request|
|4.||a refusal to acknowledge; renunciation; disavowal: a denial of one's leader|
|5.||See also defence mechanism a psychological process by which painful truths are not admitted into an individual's consciousness|
denial de·ni·al (dĭ-nī'əl)
An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.