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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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Tom took his whipping and went back to his seat not at all broken-hearted, for he thought it was possible that he had unknowingly upset the ink on the spelling- book himself, in some skylarking bout -- he had denied it for form's sake and because it was custom, and had stuck to the denial from principle.
Rebecca, on being confronted and charged with the crime, denied it indignantly, and aunt Jane believed her.
Her eyes, a deep grey, with dark eyelashes and eyebrows, had never been denied their praise; but the skin, which she had been used to cavil at, as wanting colour, had a clearness and delicacy which really needed no fuller bloom.
He insisted, moreover, on conveying all their letters to and from the post for them, and would not be denied the satisfaction of sending them his newspaper every day.
Meantime, our young companion, who sat too removed from us to hear what was said, began to evince symptoms of uneasiness, probably repenting that he had denied himself the treat of Catherine's society for fear of a little fatigue.
The assistance of intelligent co-operation is, I regret to say, denied me.
Models of it were worn on breasts from which the Cross was discarded, and it was bowed down to and believed in where the Cross was denied.
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.
The King, startled at this discourse, denied that he had given any such orders, and was very importunate to know the author of our intelligence, but finding me determined not to discover him, he sent me away with a promise that for the future we should be furnished with everything we wanted, and indeed that same day we bought three goats for about a crown, and some honey, and found ourselves better treated than before.
Think, if you can, of a single instance in which a plainly written provision of the Constitution has ever been denied.
At first, a poor youth battling with adversity; then the lover of an actress, whom he followed through the provinces, play-writing for the strolling troupe to which she was attached; the next, secretary to a high personage engaged in a mission to Thibet; then soldier, and finally poet of renown, acquiring with his latter years the fortune and honours denied him in his youth.
Were it a question of lawful due Or a labourer's hire denied, Reason would I should bear with you And order it well to be tried But this is a question of words and names And I know the strife it brings, I will not pass upon any your claims.