de·ni·al /di-'nī-əl/ n
1: refusal to grant or allow something
denial of due process
denial of a motion
2 a: an assertion that an allegation is false
b: a defense asserting that an opposing party's allegations are false compare affirmative defense at defense 2a, traverse
◇ Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, allegations that are not denied are taken as admitted, and a statement that a party has insufficient knowledge or information to form a belief as to the truth of an allegation is taken as a denial. A denial must sufficiently state which allegations or parts of allegations are being denied.
ar·gu·men·ta·tive denial /ˌär-gyə-'men-tə-tiv-/: a denial that asserts facts inconsistent with an allegation made by an adverse party
general denial
1: a denial of all the allegations in a complaint
2: a denial of all the allegations of a particular paragraph or group of paragraphs in a complaint
specific denial
1: general denial (2) in this entry
2: a denial of parts of an allegation in a complaint

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun abjuration, abnegation, abridgment, challenge, confutation, contradiction, contrary assertion, contravention, deprivement, disaffirmation, disallowance, disavowal, disclaimer, disclamation, disentitlement, dissent, divestment, gainsaying, negatio, negation, negative answer, nonacceptance, nonconsent, objection, privation, prohibition, protest, protestation, rebuttal, recantation, refutation, rejection, relinquishment, renouncement, renunciation, repudiatio, repudiation, retraction, revocation, spurning, swearing off associated concepts: argumentative denial, denial of admittance, denial of civil rights, denial of claim, denial of counsel, denial of due process, denial of equal protection, denial of knowledge or information, denial of liability, denial of motion, denial of relief, general denial, specific denial foreign phrases:
- Per rerum naturam, factum negantis nulla probatio est. — It is the nature of things that a person who denies a fact is not bound to give proof.
- JustMa non est neganda, non dlfferenda. — justice is neither to be denied nor delayed
- Qui non negat fatetur. — He who does not deny, admits
- Posito uno oppositorum negatur alterum. — One of two opposite positions being established, the other is denied.
- Semper praesumitur pro negante. — A presumption is always in favor of the person who denies
II index abandonment (repudiation), abjuration, answer (judicial response), answer (reply), contravention, counterargument, declination, disapproval, disclaimer, disdain, embargo, exclusion, incredulity, injunction, negation, opposition, pleading, prohibition, proscription, refusal, rejection, renunciation, repudiation, veto

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A statement by a defendant that an allegation (claim of fact) is not true. When a defendant in a civil lawsuit files an answer to a plaintiff's complaint, the defendant is limited to three choices: admitting, denying, or denying the allegations on the basis that he or she has no information to affirm or deny them. If a defendant denies all of the allegations, it is called a general denial. The defendant's answer may also include affirmative defenses.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. In litigation, a rejection of a claim or request; an assertion in a pleading rejecting facts asserted by the other party in its own pleading.
@ general denial
Italian A response that questions all of the material accusations in a petition or complaint.
@ specific denial
Italian A separate response to several of the plaintiff's charges individually denying them, while not denying all of them.
=>> denial.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   a statement in the defendant's answer to a complaint in a lawsuit that an allegation (claim of fact) is not true. If a defendant denies all allegations it is called a general denial. In answering, the defendant is limited to admitting, denying or denying on the basis he/she/it has no information to affirm or deny. The defendant may also state affirmative defenses.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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