deny


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Deny

To refuse to acknowledge something; to disclaim connection with or responsibility for an action or statement. To deny someone of a legal right is to deprive him or her of that right.

A denial is a part of a legal Pleading that refutes the facts set forth by the opposing side. A general denial takes exception to all the material elements of the complaint or petition, and a specific denial addresses a particular allegation in issue.

deny

(Contradict), verb contravene, controvert, declare to be false, declare to be untrue, disaffirm, disagree, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown, dispute, dissent, forswear, infitias ire, negare, negate, refuse to acknowledge, reeuse to admit, refuse to allow, reject as erroneous, traverse
Foreign phrases: Ei incumbit probatio, qui dicit, non qui negat; cum per rerum naturam factum negantis probatio nulla sit.The burden of proof lies upon him who asserts it, not upon him who denies; since, by the nature of things, he who denies a fact cannot produce any proof of it.

deny

(Refuse to grant), verb abnegate, forbid, keep from, negare, prohibit, refuse to allow, refuse to bestow, refuse to give, refuse to permit, refuse to supply, reject, renounce, withhold
Associated concepts: deny a claim, deny a motion, deny a right, deny due process, deny liability
See also: adeem, annul, answer, ban, bar, bear false witness, cancel, condemn, confront, constrain, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, demur, disaccord, disagree, disallow, disapprove, disavow, disclaim, dismiss, disown, disprove, dispute, disqualify, exclude, forbid, forswear, gainsay, interdict, negate, oppose, prohibit, protest, rebut, refuse, refute, reject, renounce, reply, repudiate, restrain, withhold
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No honest man will deny it," said the scout, a little nettled at the implied distrust of his explanation of the mystery of the tides; "and I grant that it is true on the small scale, and where the land is level.
But, if I deny the authority of the State when it presents its tax bill, it will soon take and waste all my property, and so harass me and my children without end.
Then she eased her mind with this retort: "Marse Tom, she makes you do anything she wants to, and you can't deny it; so if she could be spoilt, she'd been spoilt long ago, because you are the very WORST
I said I did not propose to be discriminated against on the account of my nationality; that he had just sold a diploma to this German gentleman, and my money was a good as his; I would see to it that he couldn't keep his shop for Germans and deny his produce to Americans; I would have his license taken away from him at the dropping of a handkerchief; if France refused to break him, I would make an international matter of it and bring on a war; the soil should be drenched with blood; and not only that, but I would set up an opposition show and sell diplomas at half price.
They both got powerful mellow, but I noticed the king didn't get mellow enough to forget to remember to not deny about hiding the money-bag again.
They could have found a cooler place, but they would not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting camp-fire.
Here is Brace Dunlap--let him deny his share of it if he wants to take the chance; I'll engage to make him wish he hadn't said anything.
They do not deny that the slaves are held as prop- erty; but that terrible fact seems to convey to their minds no idea of injustice, exposure to outrage, or savage barbarity.
Very well; I shall not attempt to deny Emma's being pretty.
I do not attempt to deny," said she, "that I think very highly of him--that I greatly esteem, that I like him.
Well, at any rate, the Dormouse said--' the Hatter went on, looking anxiously round to see if he would deny it too: but the Dormouse denied nothing, being fast asleep.
We were not, replied I, in danger of being stabbed or poisoned, but are doomed to a more lingering and painful death by that prohibition which obliges your subjects to deny us the necessaries of life; if it be Your Highness's pleasure that we die here, we entreat that we may at least be despatched quickly, and not condemned to longer torments.