an assertion that something said, believed, alleged, etc., is false: Despite his denials, we knew he had taken the purse. The politician issued a denial of his opponent's charges.
refusal to believe a doctrine, theory, or the like.
disbelief in the existence or reality of a thing.
the refusal to satisfy a claim, request, desire, etc., or the refusal of a person making it.
refusal to recognize or acknowledge; a disowning or disavowal: the traitor's denial of his country; Peter's denial of Christ.
Law. refusal to acknowledge the validity of a claim, suit, or the like; a plea that denies allegations of fact in an adversary's plea: Although she sued for libel, he entered a general denial.
sacrifice of one's own wants or needs; self-denial.
Psychology. an unconscious defense mechanism used to reduce anxiety by denying thoughts, feelings, or facts that are consciously intolerable.

1520–30; deny + -al2

nondenial, noun
predenial, adjective
redenial, noun

1. disavowal, disclaimer, repudiation.

1. admission, acknowledgment, confession. Unabridged
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denial (dɪˈnaɪəl)
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
6.  abstinence; self-denial

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1520s, from deny + -al (2). Meaning "unconscious suppression of painful or embarrassing feelings" first attested 1914 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Psychopathology of Everyday Life"; popularized 1980s in phrase in denial.
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Medical Dictionary

denial de·ni·al (dĭ-nī'əl)
An unconscious defense mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledge painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.

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Example sentences
This is nothing more than avoidance, sometimes referred to as denial.
Yet in some there's a placid acceptance that comes close to denial.
He contents himself with the simple denial that no such thing occurred.
The quilt she embroiders throughout is an ironic symbol, indeed, of her
  compulsion and denial.
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