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n. 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. (See: answer, admission, affirmative defense)

DENIAL, pleading. To traverse the statement of the opposite party a defence. See Defence; Traverse.

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"In percentage terms, the rate of Schengen visa denials in Bahrain last year was only 3.2pc."
How we proceed with claim resolution depends on the basis for the denial.
Recognizing denial of the Rwandan genocide as a social ill, for example, the Rwandan government constitutionally forbids it.
The mass denial, issued February 18, left the group marooned in Vienna with an uncertain future.
Mental health experts routinely say that denial is among the most common defence mechanisms.
The good news (if you can call it that) is that about two-thirds of denials are recoverable, and almost all (90%) are preventable.
Denial management is ensuring that claims sent to insurance companies are as clean as they can be in order to get claims paid as quickly as possible.
Working with fellow hospitalists to reduce the impact of the group's denials on hospital revenue, which can be quite profound.
On appeal, regulators overturned over 70% of those denials in favor of the insured, she noted.
While some have pointed to what they see as the shortcomings of the MSA, namely the size of UnumProvident's penalty, the failure to formally notice denials from 1997 to 1999, and why claim administered UnumProvident companies were not included, I am very positive on the MSA.
One of the reasons for the high denial rate, Boyd says, was a clause in the settlement that said black farmers who felt they had been discriminated against had to find a "similarly situated white farmer" in their communities who had received a comparable loan.
(19) the Board notes that the Citizens Banks' denial disparity ratios reported for African-American and Hispanic applicants in 2002 were generally lower than, or comparable with, the ratios reported by the aggregate of lenders in each of the markets reviewed.