Denial is the defense mechanism whereby someone refuses to accept either the occurrence of a painful experience or the existence of an anxiety-provoking impulse.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Denial
- The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; -- the contrary of affirmation.
- A refusal to admit the truth of a statement, charge, imputation, etc.; assertion of the untruth of a thing stated or maintained; a contradiction.
- A refusal to grant; rejection of a request.
- 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.
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