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Pronunciation: de-ni'al

Definition: An unconscious defense mechanism used to allay anxiety by denying the existence of important conflicts, troublesome impulses, events, actions, or illness.

Synonym(s): negation

[M.E., fr, O.Fr., fr. L. denegare, to say no]

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